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In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo,  a canoe makes it way down the Wekiwa River at Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, Fla.  Voters this Election Day will decide whether billions of dollars should be set aside for parks and preservation and the largest money at stake is in Florida. AP Photo/John Raoux)

“These are highly developed and dense states, and they are watching the good natural places disappear,” said Will Rogers, president and CEO of the Trust for Public Land, which tracks and raises money for the ballot measures.

Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack. Republicans in search of clues to the 2016 presidential contest might find them in this year’s governor races. GOP candidates are defending seats in Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio and trying to defeat a Democratic incumbent in Colorado. Taken together, the five states account for 72 electoral votes, or more than a quarter of the total needed to win the White House.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

“If we’re able to win in Florida it would put the 2016 campaign in a more friendly environment,” said Mitch Stewart, a former Obama campaign strategist, of the governor’s election.

DENVER | First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest political celebrity to get involved in Colorado’s heated Senate race. Obama is scheduled to headline rallies for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Denver and Fort Collins on Thursday. Her visit comes two days after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a similar rally in Aurora. […]

In this Oct. 21, 2014, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to a crowd during a campaign stop to promote Democrats in re-election bids in the east Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“I feel like an old racehorse in a stable and people just take me out and put me on the track and slap me on the rear to see if I can run around one more time,” the ex-president jokes at various stops.

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