Races, Ballot Items to Watch Tuesday

A look at some of the notable races and ballot items that voters will be deciding Tuesday.

KENTUCKY: Republican U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher (search) and Democratic Attorney General Ben Chandler (search) seek open governor's seat. Contest influenced by problems of term-limited Democratic Gov. Paul Patton, who acknowledged an extramarital affair but denied allegations that he used his office to get back at his former mistress.

MISSISSIPPI: Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove (search) faces challenge from Haley Barbour, former head of Republican National Committee and Washington lobbyist. Well-funded race in which Barbour is touting Bush connections, Musgrove is accusing him of being a Washington insider.

NEW JERSEY: Both parties seeking to break 20-20 tie in state Senate; Democrats hold narrow margin of control in state Assembly.

PHILADELPHA: Mayor John Street seeking a second term, challenged by Republican Sam Katz. Street's poll numbers rose after revelations FBI that the bugged his office; investigators won't discuss the case, but have interviewed people who received city contracts.

HOUSTON: Bill White, an Energy Department deputy secretary in the Clinton administration, leads field of nine in mayoral race. He spent $2.2 million of his own money in the most expensive mayoral contest in the nation's fourth-largest city.

SAN FRANCISCO: Entrepreneur Gavin Newsom leads race to replace longtime politician Willie Brown, who was term-limited. Newsom's successful 2002 ballot initiative to get panhandlers off city streets won him attention.

RICHMOND, VA.: Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is pushing a referendum to have the mayor elected rather than appointed by the city council. Black leaders say it will dilute the black vote; Wilder, who is black, says it would help revive the city.

MASS TRANSIT: Ballot questions ask cities to provide funds to create or expand light rail systems in Houston, Kansas City and Tucson, Ariz.

MAINE CASINO: Ballot initiative would allow two Indian tribes to build Maine's first casino, a proposed $650 million project. Opponents say it would tarnish the state's outdoorsy image.

NEW YORK ELECTIONS: Ballot question would eliminate party primaries and hold nonpartisan elections for New York City's mayor and other posts. Mayor Michael Bloomberg uses $2 million of his own money to push the proposal.

SAN FRANCISCO WAGE: Ballot question would established minimum wage of $8.50 an hour for most workers in San Francisco.

DENVER STRESS: "Peace initiative" would require Denver's city council to implement steps to reduce stress.