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Live Election Day updates: Youngkin leads in Virginia; Adams wins NYC mayoral race

Polls have closed in Virginia where voters are bracing for results in the contentious gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin, one of a number of contests across the U.S. that will help set the stage for the 2022 midterm elections.

Voters will choose new governors in Virginia and New Jersey, new congressional representatives in two Ohio districts and new mayors in some of the nation’s largest cities.

Early voting has been going on for weeks in some states. Polls closed at 7 p.m. ET in Virginia, where the state’s Department of Elections said anyone in line by 7 p.m. will be able to vote. Reports out of Staunton in the Shenandoah Valley indicated high turnout.

The results will be dissected for any inkling of what they can tell us about 2022, when Republicans will try to retake control of Congress from the slim Democratic majority.

Democrats have an eight-seat advantage in the House, and control the split Senate. All 435 seats in the House will be up for election in 2022 along with 34 seats in the Senate. Poll workers wait for voters at the Academy for International Studies at Rosemont polling place in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday morning. Read more: 5 Things that could decide Virginia election (and 2022): Biden, Trump, culture wars and more Alvin Bragg elected Manhattan’s first Black district attorney

Democrat Alvin Bragg was elected Tuesday as Manhattan’s first Black district attorney, a position that will give him oversight of prosecutions and ongoing investigations involving former President Donald Trump.

Bragg, a civil rights lawyer and former federal prosecutor, defeated Republican Thomas Kenniff to join a growing wave of progressive, reform-minded prosecutors across the country.

He will take over in January from the current district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., who is retiring after a final term in which he prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for rape and brought tax evasion charges against the Trump Organization and its longtime finance chief, Allen Weisselberg.

– Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press Democrat Eric Adams elected New York City mayor, defeats longshot Curtis Sliwa

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