There will be two key elections this year commonly they are seen as bell weather elections for the 2010 election season. The elections are for Governor of Virginia and New Jersey. In most years only Virginia is seen as a bell weather because NJ is so solidly Democrat held. This year if New Jersey goes Republican it might be seen as an indication of just how bad the elections will go for the Democrats in 2010. From Real Clear Politics - In Virginia, after initially leading after the primary, the Democrat has now fallen to 14 points down. The Republican now leads 51% - 37%. In New Jersey, the Republican has led the race since winning the Republican primary. The Republican is up 50% - 36% over the incumbent governor Corzine. Additionally, in Virginia there are 2 state-wide seats up besides governor: Lt. Gov. and Atty General. The Republican candidates are leading strongly in both of those. Of course it is too early to place much stock in polls. (We'll have a better idea after Labor Day if these margins will hold, but it does not look good for Democrats going into this election cycle.