Republican Chris Christie coasted to an easy re-election in New Jersey. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Christie won 60.5 percent of the vote, compared to Democrat Barbara Buono's 38 percent. NJ.com reports that in the "blue" state, even one-third of Democrats cast their ballots for Christie. This is the first time that a Republican garnered more than 50 percent of the vote in a statewide election.
Meanwhile the election for Governor of Virginia was far closer than any poll had indicated and anyone had expected. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat out Republican Ken Cuccinelli 48%-45% . 55,420 votes seperated the two.
Some are blaming Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis for taking away potential Cuccinelli votes and robbing him of victory. Sarvis grabbed 145,295 votes, coming in at 7%. Breitbart News had reported that Sarvis might not have been a factor if a major Democratic donor hadn't given $150,000 to the Libertarian Booster PAC.
Despite the Cuccinelli loss, his showing was impressive. Even though McAuliffe ouspent him 3-to-1, the RNC funding dried up in October and some state Republicans were openly hostile, the race was tight. Mike Flynn says this should have "red state" Democrats terrified:
In just the final days of the campaign, the ObamaCare issue reversed momentum in the campaign and almost gave Republican Ken Cuccinelli a victory in a race many expected to be a blowout for Democrats. The result is an ominous omen for 2014.
Both "moderate" Christie and "conservative" Cuccinelli opposed Obamacare. In exit polls, 53% of Virginia voters opposed Obama care and Cuccinelli won Independents by 9 points.
It looks like the Obamacare fiasco will continue to be a winning issue for Republicans going in to 2014.