Tuesday is Election Day in Virginia’s deadlocked race for governor, a statewide showdown that’s grabbing loads of nation consideration because it’s seen as a bellwether forward of subsequent yr’s midterm elections.

But if the ultimate margin between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin is as tight as the most recent public opinion polls counsel, there’s an opportunity we could not know who wins the race come Election Night. It might take a number of further days to find out the winner within the essential contest.

The overwhelming majority of early voting and Election Day ballots forged within the race are anticipated to be counted on Tuesday. And a brand new legislation within the commonwealth requires officers to start counting ballots already acquired by mail a minimum of per week earlier than Election Day.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT VIRGINIA’S CLOSELY WATCHED GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION

But mail in ballots shall be accepted if they’re postmarked by the top of Election Day, and in the event that they’re acquired by Noon on Nov. 5, the Friday after the election.

Last yr, practically 11,000 ballots in Virginia have been acquired and counted after Election Day. That’s a tiny fraction of the practically 4.5 million votes forged within the commonwealth final November.

But if it’s a photograph end between McAuliffe and Youngkin, because the polls point out, the ballots acquired after Election Day might be pivotal.

Scott O. Konopasek, director of elections for Fairfax County, the state’s most populous county, advised Fox News that “it’s a possibility that we will we have to wait until Friday” to know the winner in Virginia’s gubernatorial election.

Fox News’ Remy Numa contributed to this report