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Two Gubernatorial Races Offer Clues About 2016

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 11/6/2013

A tight race in Virginia goes to the Democrat. A huge win in New Jersey for the Republican. Those two races took the national political spotlight Tuesday,and offered early insights into 2016. Karin Caifa has the highlights from Election Night 2013. Sandwiched between the 2012 presidential election and the 2014 congressional midterms, Election Day 2013 was quiet in a lot of states. But Tuesday's winners will offer some important clues about the nation's political climate, and race for the White House in 2016. In the coveted 'purple' state of Virginia, a hotly-contested governor's race. Former Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe came out on top of a race that was tighter than many anticipated. "I want to thank the voters of Virginia," said McAuliffe. McAuliffe and his opponent, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, cast a national framework to the race, McAuliffe linking Cuccinelli to the Tea Party Republicans behind last month's government shutdown, Cuccinelli tying McAuliffe to the president's Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. In New Jersey... "The only greatest honor and privilege than being a one-term governor of New Jersey is to be a two-term governor of New Jersey," said Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie cruised to victory over his Democratic opponent, State Senator Barbar Buono. Christie's wide margin of victory in the Democratic-leaning state is seen by many as a kep step towards a 2016 run for the White House. And, in New York City... "The people of this city have chosen a progressive path," said Bill De Blasio, the Democratic New York Mayor-Elect. Public advoctae De Blasio is the first Democrat elected mayor since 1989. De Blasio handily defeated Republican Joe Lhota, the city's former transit chief.
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