Some of the most exciting races of the 2010 election cycle are taking place in the states. California, Texas, New York, and Ohio all feature important statewide races that will have repercussions in 2012 and beyond. A Republican victory in any one of these states is certain to launch a new GOP celebrity. And since the Democrats suffer from a weak bench, they're looking to the big states to highlight some new faces of their own. John Heilemann has a roundup of the campaigns here. Democrats lead in two, Republicans in one, and the other is a tossup.
Let's look at each.