Rich Galen

If Republicans pick up a number of House and Senate seats in the Eastern time zone on November second, that will have a wave effect as the sun moves west. If the numbers are good enough, they could have a decisive effect on Senate races in Nevada (Harry Reid v Sharron Angle), California (Barbara Boxer v Carly Fiorina), and Washington State (Patty Murray v Dino Rossi).

All three of these races are essentially tied - with neither the Republican nor the Democrat outside the margin of error.

Turnout will be the deciding factor in each of those Pacific Time Zone races and turnout will be driven in large part by what happens earlier in the evening in the East and Midwest races.

Want to make a difference? Help create a wave.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at