Happy Election Day, America. Things have changed since the last time everyone went to the polls. Then, Barack Obama was re-elected to a second four-year term. Now, he's been largely benched by his party, spending less time on the campaign trail than his much more popular wife, first lady Michelle Obama, former president Bill Clinton and potential future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Midterm elections are more local affairs and the issues vary from contest to contest.
But midterms have national consequences, and what happens Tuesday will help determine what President Obama can get done in his final two years in office. It will tee up the coming 2016 presidential contest and give Americans the chance to try on a more powerful GOP as they start to think about who should be the next president.
But first comes Tuesday and here is what's going to happen:
#1 – There will be a surprise - Something we're listing below won't end up happening. This is an election and it isn't over yet. Voters are fickle and polls aren't perfect and predictions are even less so. So tune in to CNN Politics all day and night Tuesday. We will be here and it will be exciting.
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It's Tuesday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. ELECTION DAY
Go vote: There's a lot on the line today - 435 House seats, 36 governors' races and party control of the Senate. Though Republicans appear to be on track to take the Senate majority, polls can be wrong and might miss important shifts during the final hours of the election.