Posted Tuesday, November 5th 2013 @ 9am by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
(NEWSER) – It's Election Day, and the media appear to agree that the biggest story is the Virginia governor's race. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is up against Republican Ken Cuccinelli; McAuliffe has been leading in the polls, but it's very close—we're talking a single digit margin, for the most part. McAuliffe has painted Cuccinelli as a Tea Partier, linked him to the government shutdown, and made hay out of his support of anti-abortion "personhood" laws. In turn, Cuccinelli has linked McAuliffe to ObamaCare and highlighted the federal investigations into an electric car company he co-founded. Libertarian Robert Sarvis has seen a significant amount of support in polls, and could act as a spoiler. If McAuliffe wins, it will be notable: Since 1977, no one in the same party as the sitting president has been elected governor in Virginia. More races to watch, by way of USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, and the Wall Street Journal:
- New Jersey: The only other state to elect its governor the year after a presidential election. Chris Christie is overwhelmingly likely to win re-election, so the real story here is whether his 2016 presidential campaign will effectively be launched today. (If you absolutely need more details: Christie is running against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, and he's hoping to become the first Republican in the state since 1985 to get more than 50% of the vote in a statewide race.)
- New York City: With Michael Bloomberg leaving the mayor's office after three terms, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota are vying to fill his shoes. De Blasio has a huge lead in the polls, and would be the first Democrat elected mayor of the city since 1989. He's promising to raise taxes on those making more than $500,000 per year in order to fund a universal pre-kindergarten program and to put an end to the city's controversial "stop and frisk" searches.