Hampton Roads voters lined up early Tuesday to cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.
In Virginia Beach, voters started to trickle to polling places as early as 6 a.m. Polls are open until 7 p.m., but voters who are in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballots.
Polling places at the Peninsula also are reporting “good’ turnout.
Virginians are voting in races that could help determine political control of Congress.
Voters will make their picks Tuesday after months of bare-knuckled campaigning as Republicans try and hold onto U.S. House seats in closely watched races. Democrats have focused on flipping four GOP-held seats, but have run aggressive campaigns in all seven districts currently held by Republicans, even in deep-red areas.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is looking to win re-election against Republican challenger Corey Stewart. Kaine is a former governor and vice presidential candidate who is heavily favored to win. Stewart is a conservative provocateur who has received little help from national Republicans or the White House.
One closely watched race is in the 2nd Congressional District between former Navy SEAL and freshman GOP U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor and challenger Elaine Luria, a Democrat who spent 20 years on active duty in the Navy.
In York County, the treasurer’s seat is up for grabs — the election was prompted by the retirement of former treasurer Deborah Robinson in July.
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Virginia said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, AP VoteCast found that 37 percent of Virginia voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 62 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.