5 stories to follow: Nov. 5

It's election day, and the polls are open in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Here's a look at five stories to know about as you head to the polls and wait for the results:

1. N.J. governor: Polls are predicting a big win for Chris Christie, New Jersey's Republican incumbent governor. The race has national implications, with GOP officials watching to see how Christie fares among Democratic voters.

2. Philly city officials: In Philadelphia, two important city officials, District Attorney Seth Williams and City Controller Alan Butkovitz, are up for reelection.

3. Pa. judges: Pennsylvania voters will decide whether to retain two state Supreme Court judges and two other state appellate judges. In Philadelphia, voters will also elect or retain Common Pleas and Municipal Court judges.

4. Minimum wage: In New Jersey, voters will decide whether to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25 per hour, an increase from the current $7.25.

5. Turnout: Turnout in the off-year election is expected to be light, in Philadelphia and around the region.

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