Christie wins big in New Jersey, Democrat takes Virginia
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 01:35
Nov. 6 - Political watchers are taking note of moderate Republican Chris Christie's win in New Jersey and Tea Party conservative Ken Cuccinelli's loss in the Virginia governor's race. Deborah Gembara reports.
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SOUNDBITE: Newly elected Governor of Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe saying:
"Well there are a lot of proud Democrats here, and aren't we proud tonight folks."
It was one of the most closely watched races of the election -- the battle for Virginia.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat out Tea Party conservative Ken Cuccinelli to become the state's next governor.
SOUNDBITE: Democrat Terry McAuliffe saying:
"It was never a choice between Democrats and Republicans. It was a choice about whether Virginia would continue the mainstream, bipartisan tradition that has served us so well over the last decade."
It's a critical win for Democrats who have been gaining traction in the historically conservative state. Cuccinelli, throughout his campaign called the race a referendum on the president's healthcare program.
The other big race of the evening - New Jersey. Republican Chris Christie was easily re-elected Governor, riding a wave of bipartisan support.
SOUNDBITE: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying:
"When they walked into the voting booth today, they didn't wonder who this guy is and what he stands for, what he is willing to fight for, what he is going to do when the chips are down. You can agree with me or disagree with me, but I will never stop leading the state I love."
Many are watching Virginia and New Jersey --- for signs about how Americans might vote in the next presidential race.
In New York City, Bill de Blasio won the mayor's race --- marking the first time a Democrat has captured City Hall in two decades.
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