In Washington, Costco has poured over $20 million into an initiative that would privatize liquor sales in the state. It's unclear whether the measure will pass, but some observers think
that if it does, Costco will attempt a similar measure in Oregon, another state that currently has a state-run liquor sales monopoly.
Check out Reid Wilson's primer
for more on the state ballot initiatives.
The Mississippi and Kentucky gubernatorial races
The two governor's races are actually among the least suspenseful events on Tuesday. The only question in each race is how wide the margins of victory will be. While Kentucky was once viewed as a potential pick-up opportunity for Republicans, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear
is crushing his opponent, state Senate President David Williams
. And in Mississippi, as expected, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant
is cruising far ahead of the Democratic nominee, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree
Provided Tuesday's gubernatorial races turn out as expected, none of the four gubernatorial races of 2011 - West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi - will have flipped control.
The down-ballot races in Kentucky
While Kentucky's gubernatorial race doesn't have observers on the edge of their seats, Beshear's commanding lead and popularity may provide coattails that benefit some of the Democrats running in the more competitive down-ballot races
. This, in turn, could, help Democrats develop their bench for future races - notably the 2014 Senate race, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
is up for re-election, and the 2015 gubernatorial race, when Beshear won't be running again.
The attorney general's race, in which Republican Todd P'Pool
is challenging Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway
, has drawn in some prominent national Republicans. Sarah Palin
endorsed P'Pool last week, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
, as well as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
have held fundraisers for him. Both Conway and Democratic Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
are considered potential rising Democratic stars
in the state.
With so little excitement over the governor's race, though, extremely low turnout is anticipated on Tuesday.