While the majority of the country is either recovering from last years election season or gearing up for 2014, three important elections took place on Tuesday. Both New Jersey and Virginia held their gubernatorial elections, choosing Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, respectively. Meanwhile, New York City held its mayoral electon, electing Democrat Bill DeBlasio.
All three elections were not relatively remarkable in terms of final results. All three candidates were expected to win throughout the campaign, and in the end all three won by just as expected.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, voters elected McAuliffe, over his Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, by a close margin, according to NBC News. McAuliffe had been the favorite to win the race throughout most of the campaign, although many polls indicated he would win by a larger margin than he actually ended up with, according to CNN. As of Tuesday night, he was projected to win 47 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli’s 45 percent.
The results of the election appeared to be more of a rejection of the Republican party and their policies rather than a strong endorsement of McAuliffe himself. The staunchly conservative Cuccinelli had been frequently tied to the radical obstructionists, who are considered to be the ones responsible for the government shutdown that occured last month, according to The New York Times. This was increasingly evident when President Barack Obama paid a visit to Virginia. There he indicated that Cuccinelli was just another example of the tea party movement which has been problematic for governing in Washington.
McAuliffe’s election means that he will succeed Republican incumbent governor Bob McDonnell, who served for one term and is barred from seeking reelection due to term limits. As of 2013, Virginia remains the only state in the Union that does not allow its governor to serve two consecutive terms.
Meanwhile in the state of New Jersey, the Republican Party still found reason to be optimistic, as voters reelected Governor Chris Christie in a historical landslide victory. He defeated his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, by a wide margin with 60 percent of the vote, according to NBC News.
Christie’s reelection margin is noteworthy
in a number of ways. This is not so much due to his victory margin itself, since most pundits predicted the popular Christie would win against his little-known opponent. Instead, it is more the fact that his victory has come in a heavily liberal state, where many voters view the majority of Christie’s party very negatively.
Christie is the first governor to be reelected in the state of New Jersey since fellow Republican Christine Todd Whitman won in 1997, according to CNN. Christie came to office four years ago after defeating incumbent Jon Corzine. Much of his earlier tenure dealt with helping to cure the state’s financial problems, where a number of his methods proved controversial, but were supported by a majority of voters. His approval ratings skyrocketed last year following his handling of Hurricane Sandy.
Christie’s victory transcends state politics. He is widely considered a potential contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. His supporters are hoping that his reelection will signify his ability to appeal to Democrats and independents, who would be key for winning the presidency, according to CNN.
Finally, New York City residents elected Bill DeBlasio as the next mayor, according to NBC News. His election marks the first change of mayor in 12 years, as he will be succeeding Michael Bloomberg. DeBlasio is also the first member from the Democratic party to be elected mayor since David Dinkins in 1989.
Information from The New York Times, NBC News, and CNN was used in this report.