There weren’t a lot of major races going on in this off-year’s electoral race, but a few important elections were on the plate.
In what was likely the most important of the big-name contests, liberal Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who has long been a minion of the Clinton family, was facing a conservative favorite but GOP establishment pariah in Ken Cuccinelli. Sadly, while Cuccinelli made it much closer than the prognosticators predicted, McAuliffe was able to pull of a very tight election night win.
In a Lt. Governor’s race that became a bit of a media circus after the Democrat candidate Ralph Northam became openly rude and abusive of his African-American opponent, things were not as close. Ralph Northam (D-VA) defeated newcomer and Pastor E.W. Jackson (R-VA) quite handily.
New Jersey –
The other major statewide race took place in the great state of New Jersey. Popular incumbent Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) was set for a historic win in the Garden State, with some observers wondering if he might take 60% of the vote in the normally very blue state. After a not so tense day, most of the news organizations were quick to call the race for Governor Christie shortly after the polls closed. Christie is now set for a second term as Governor of the Garden State, though it seems likely that he may leave early to try his hand at the White House in 2016.
New York City –
Finally, the New York City’s mayoral race was never thought to be all that close, but it’s New York City, so there was a lot of media interest in the outcome. Well, after 12 long years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on his way out and New York City will be welcoming a new mayor. Mayor Bill De Blasio (D-NY) will soon be leading the world’s most famous city.
All-in-all not a great night for conservatives. It is nice to see Christie dominate in New Jersey, but the loss of the Governor’s mansion in Virginia certainly hurts. Both of the Old Dominion’s Senators are Democrats and now so is there Governor, it seems that conservatives may be on the cusp of losing Virginia for good. Now, we’ll likely see the GOP establishment use Christie’s win and Cuccinelli’s loss to try to set a narrative that conservatism loses and moderation wins. If the establishment wins this debate, they risk losing their conservative base. Hopefully, they’ll realize this.
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