Voters Going To Polls In Some Areas Of America

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - Some American voters are going to the polls today, to cast ballots in local and state elections. Highlighting today's voting are battles for the governorships of Mississippi and Kentucky and control of the Virginia legislature.

In Kentucky, Democratic incumbent Paul Patton is up for re-election, and in Mississippi, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ronnie Musgrove and Republican former state representative Mike Parker are in a close race to succeed Republican governor Kirk Fordice.

In Virginia, Republican Governor James Gilmore has gone all out in hopes of achieving a GOP takeover of the state assembly in what's being called the costliest legislative campaign in state history.

Republicans in Virginia are hoping to increase a one-seat majority in the Virginia state senate and seize outright control of the House of Delegates for the first time since Reconstruction.

The party that controls the state House and Senate will redraw election districts in Virginia in 2001. Gilmore aides are predicting that Republicans will win control of the legislature.

Several close mayoral races are being decided today, notably in Philadelphia where Republican Sam Katz has a good chance of winning in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans four to one.

President Clinton campaigned in Philadelphia last week, hoping to give a last minute boost to Democrat John Street.

In San Francisco, incumbent Mayor Willie Brown is having an unexpectedly tough time winning a second term and could be forced into a December runoff.