Washington (CNN) - President Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, is weighing in on what races he thinks will be key indicators for how Democrats will fare on election night.
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Axelrod spoke about which returns he is most interested to see.
One race he spotlighted as a must watch was the Pennsylvania Senate race between Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak and former Congressman Republican Pat Toomey.
Axelrod called the contest "an East Coast harbinger of the kind of night it's going to be."
Axelrod also said he will be watching to see the results of states President Obama has visited while stumping for Democratic candidates– especially gubernatorial race in Ohio.
"The Ohio governor's race is a really interesting race." Axelrod said. "I think that Governor Strickland has rallied and is running a great campaign there. We'll be eager to see that. It's an important state."
During the interview, which aired Tuesday on John King, USA, Axelrod also weighed in on the future of the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy that bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly.
"I think it's - there is uncertainty about the court case and so that is a cautionary note that people should - should feel," Axelrod said.
"But the one thing that I will tell you, John, is this president has made a commitment, and it's not a question of whether that program, whether that policy will change, but - but when," he said. "We're at the end of a process with the Pentagon to - to make that transition, and we're going to see it through."