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Election 2012: What to Know Going In

How Kentucky and Indiana side in the presidential election appears to be a foregone conclusion -- both states are likely to side with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to forecasters. But the states have races aplenty to watch on the state and local level.Here are some of the things to keep an eye on:

  • Two of Kentucky's six congressional races are likely to be particularly interesting this year.
  • Republicans have a shot of taking controlof the Kentucky House of Representatives.
  • A few Louisville Metro Council races are hotly contested,though the Democrats' majority is not threatened.
  • The Jefferson County Public Schools board will have some new members as it confronts school assignment, student achievement and other issues. Here's a rundown of where those candidates stand on key issues.
  • In Indiana, the latest poll show Democrat Joe Donnelly leading Republican Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate. Go here for coverage of that race, and here for coverage of Indiana's Ninth Congressional district.
  • And go here for WFPL's on-going coverage of the election.

Not sure of which races you'll be voting in? Go here to find out.WFPL's election night coverage begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the BBC, followed by NPR at 8 p.m., and WFPL News will cover local and state races through the night. Listen at 89.3 FM or steam at WFPL.org.Meanwhile, WFPL.org will have frequent updates on local and national races beginning Tuesday morning.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.