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Handful of elections shed light on US politics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election '09 won't pack the same oomph of last year's presidential spectacular.

But a handful of ballots in a few states will offer hints to the country's state of mind.

In Virginia and New Jersey, voters will reveal whether President Barack Obama's campaigning has paid off. The states are choosing governors.

Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey and Democratic candidate Creigh (kree) Deeds in Virginia desperately need party loyalists and Obama 2008 voters to swamp the polls.

In upstate New York and Northern California, meanwhile, voters are deciding who will fill two vacant congressional seats.

And New York City and Atlanta are picking mayors.

Maine will vote on whether to permit gay marriage while Ohio will choose whether to allow casinos.


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