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A voter completes his ballot during the 2019 Virginia primary elections. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post/Getty Images

State elections in Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky on Tuesday could shift significant legislative power to Democrats, foreshadowing a local angle to the battle for Congress in 2020, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Democrats and Republicans are duking it out to take power of state legislatures ahead of the 2020 Census in order to hold a majority during the redistricting process.

The state of play: These elections have been elevated to the national stage as big names advocate for both parties. President Trump is advocating for GOP candidates around the country, while celebrities, such as Trump's "SNL" foe Alec Baldwin, have hit the trail for Democrats, reports NPR.

  • Voters will be electing a governor in Kentucky and Mississippi, where Democrats are trying to end the GOP's lock on the governor's mansion and both houses of the state legislatures.
  • In Virginia, Democrats have a chance to flip both the state's House of Delegates and Senate from the GOP, which currently holds both by razor-thin margins.

Go deeper: Trump slams Dems in rallying cry for Kentucky governor ahead of race

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Boris Johnson announces month-long COVID-19 lockdown in U.K.

Prime Minsiter Boris Johnson. Photo: NurPhoto / Getty Images

A new national lockdown will be imposed in the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

The massive early vote

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Ipsos poll: COVID trick-or-treat.
  2. World: Greece tightens coronavirus restrictions as Europe cases spike — Austria reimposes coronavirus lockdowns amid surge of infections
  3. Economy: Conference Board predicts economy won’t fully recover until late 2021.
  4. Technology: Fully at-home rapid COVID test to move forward.
  5. States: New York rolls out new testing requirements for visitors.