2013 Election Results: VA, NJ, NYC, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta
In what promised to be an anti-climactic election day, one race came down to the wire in a stark reminder that opinion polls do not always predict electoral outcomes.
After Democrat Terry McAuliffe broke off to a near double-digit lead in the polls following the Republican-led government shut down, the longtime Democratic strategist won the Virginia gubernatorial race by less than 3 percent of the vote. As it turned out, the race wasn’t decided by voters angry at Republicans over government inaction but a spoiler candidate who performed better than expected. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis received 6.6 percent of the vote while McAuliffe got 48 percent and Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli earned 45.5 percent.
Meanwhile, the only other gubernatorial race went exactly as expected with incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie earning a landslide victory over Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. Christie won the traditionally blue state with 60.4 percent of the vote to Buono’s 38.1 percent in a victory that some say greatly improves his chances of being the clear cut moderate Republican choice in the 2016 primaries.
The other big race was just north of Jersey in New York City where Bill de Blasio won by a massive 49 percent margin, handedly defeating Republican challenger Joe Lhota 73.3 percent to 24.3 percent. De Blasio is the city’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
Other major cities saw new mayors elected as well. In Detroit, Mike Duggan, who won the primary as an unlikely write-in candidate scored a big win in Detroit’s non-partisan election to become the city’s first white mayor since the mid-70s. In Boston, Martin Walsh defeated John Connolly in a Democrat versus Democrat general election to replace Boston’s longest ever serving mayor Thomas Menino.
Meanwhile, Atlanta held on to their mayor, reelecting incumbent Democrat and rising party star Kasim Reed for a second term in the biggest landslide of the night. Reed beat out three other candidates in Atlanta’s non-partisan race with a massive 84 percent of the vote, winning every single precinct in the city.
(Image courtesy of William Alatriste)