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Tuesday's off-year election may not have had the high stakes of the 2008 presidential election, but several races are significant on the national level:
• New York's 23rd Congressional District: Owens to win vacant U.S. House seat, CNN projects
Democratic candidate Bill Owens will be elected to a vacant U.S. House seat in upstate New York.
The race garnered national attention as local Republican leaders picked Dede Scozzafava because of her appeal to centrist Republicans, independents and even some Democrats. However, the decision sparked a revolt among conservative activists in the GOP.
Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman outpolled Scozzafava, forcing her to withdraw. Scozzafava has since endorsed Owens.
• Virginia governor: McDonnell is projected winner
CNN has projected that Republican Bob McDonnell will be elected Virginia governor. The 55-year-old former state attorney general will be the first Republican to win the state's highest office in 12 years.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, McDonnell was leading Democratic opponent Creigh Deeds 59 percent to 41 percent.
The race was seen as an early referendum on voters' attitudes toward President Obama and his policies and an opportunity for Republicans to turn back recent Democratic gains.
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