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5 races to watch on election night

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With most of the campaigning already over, it's time to sit back and watch the election results come in.

But which races should you be most focused on Tuesday night?

Most of the attention is at the top of ticket, and while many national pollsters are putting Nevada in President Barack Obama's column, from an overall standpoint the early returns from back east might make our state a non-factor.

"I think more focus should be put on Pennsylvania, because if Romney takes Pennsylvania, as unlikely as that may be, that means it could be a Republican sweep," said FOX5 political analyst Mitch Fox.

Even if Obama wins Nevada, Fox says the U.S. Senate race is still up for grabs and that Shelley Berkley will need a big Democratic turnout to beat Dean Heller.

But the races that may have the most immediate influence on your life are for state Senate, where control is up for grabs.

"People's lives are more impacted by the state legislature than they are by Congress," Fox said.

We're focusing on three too close to call races, beginning in District 5, where Democrat Joyce Woodhouse faces Republican Steve Kirk.

"It is polling very, very tight and Steve Kirk has positioned himself as a moderate and it certainly looks like his record is as a moderate," Fox said. "But the Democratic registration and ground game has favored Joyce Woodhouse. It's very close to call."

In District 6, Republican Mark Hutchison and Democrat Benny Yerushalmi have stayed away from negativity and focused on issues.

"Here's a case where the candidates have gotten great reviews from political pundits," Fox said. "Both Hutchison and Yerushalmi are very strong candidates."

One final race to watch is in Washoe County, where two current senators face each other after redistricting, Democrat Sheila Leslie and Republican Greg Brower.

"I think that Brower/Leslie race could determine who is in charge of the state Senate," Fox said. "And, again, that's too close to call. The polls have been up and down."

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