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What to watch for on election day 2011

The Big One is still 52 weeks away, but the results from a host of local elections today may offer fresh clues about the state of play in politics just as the presidential nominating process is set to begin.

At stake on this "off-year" general election day are a pair of governorships, control of several state legislatures, a slate of local offices and 34 statewide ballot measures on issues such as collective bargaining and abortion.

Here's a look at some of the day's high-profile votes.

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