RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The midterm elections are finally here, take a look at our top headlines before you head to the polls!
It’s election day!
Today is a big day for Virginia voters and for Americans across the country.
Midterm elections are taking place today and polling stations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can vote if you are in line until 7pm
Early voting numbers show that in Virginia’s midterms in 2022, more people have already voted early than in 2018.
Many issues are driving Americans to make their voices heard – from the economy and inflation to green energy, abortion rights with the Roe v. Wade, what children are taught in school, and social and racial justice.
Before you go to the polls, make sure you double check your district before heading out.
It is also highly recommended that you have your ID with you. Otherwise, you will have to sign a document proving who you are.
Additionally, Virginia now has same-day voter registration for the first time. You can vote immediately, just knowing that this is a preliminary vote and will need approval in the coming days.
What Are the Major Races in Virginia?
Control of Congress is at stake in this election, and historically, the ruling party in the White House typically loses seats in the House halfway through a president’s term.
Because of that, Virginia has three house races that we’ll be watching closely tonight.
In District 2 of Virginia Beach, incumbent Democrat Elaine Luria meets Republican Senator Jen Kiggans.
Then we have District 7 and we name a bunch of people to know here in Central Virginia. Abigail Spanberger. District 7 used to be here in central Virginia, but redistricting brought it to northern Virginia.
Spanberger meets Republican Yesli Vega. She is a supervisor in Prince William County. She hopes to become Virginia’s first Latina member of Congress.
Finally, there is District 10, which has changed slightly due to district moves and is primarily located in Loudoun County.
You have incumbent Democrat Jennifer Wexton seeking her third term. She meets Republican Hung Cao – a retired Navy captain in US Special Operations.
Record $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot draw delayed
Last night’s drawing was postponed due to security protocols.
Lottery officials say Powerball has strict security requirements that all 48 lotteries must meet before a draw can take place.
One of these lotteries required additional time to meet these requirements.
The numbers are expected to be drawn sometime this morning, so be sure to keep the ticket!
Arrested in Walmart parking lot shooting
Walmart shoppers are shocked after a man was shot and seriously injured in the parking lot.
Police say 27-year-old Justin Gay shot dead another man on Sunday night in what Chesterfield Police believe a drug deal went wrong.
Officials say Gay drove from DC to sell drugs to the victim and others in the Walmart parking lot.
However, during the exchange, police said Gay shot and killed the victim. This person is expected to do well.
Gay faces multiple charges including malicious assault.
The Virginia Report shows that the faculty is smaller and more dissatisfied
A new report shows Virginia’s educators are smaller, less satisfied and less qualified than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report was prepared by Virginia’s bipartisan Legislative Monitoring Board.
It said that in addition to previously reported declines in student performance, school staff are also experiencing more behavioral issues and student mental health issues than before the pandemic.
Lawmakers who received the report’s findings at a meeting in Richmond called them appalling and vowed to work towards solutions.
What is the prognosis for Election Day?
Today will be a mostly sunny, windy and much cooler day. The maximum values will be 60.
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