(REAL CLEAR POLITICS)
By David Shribman
It happens every four years. The political party on the defensive tries to portray the gubernatorial, House and Senate races in off-year elections as individual races without a unifying theme. The party with the whip hand tries to portray these races as a national referendum on an important issue or on an unpopular president.
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That’s happening again this year. But whether these races are national or local, several statewide contests will have national importance. Here is an observer’s guide to some that may matter most ...