*As predicted, Bill de Blasio has won the race for New York City mayor.
In a lopsided victory Tuesday night, he became the first Democrat to win the mayoral race in 24 years as part of a populist campaign that promised New Yorkers a clear break from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate and a former City Council member from Brooklyn, defeated Republican nominee Joe Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to exit polls.
*Across the Hudson river in New Jersey, Chris Christie was returned to the governor’s mansion.
Christie won re-election in a landslide, according to the Associated Press with 59% of the vote, according to exit polls.
*In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been declared the winner of the Virginia governor’s race by Fox News and NBC News.
McAuliffe defeated Republican and Tea Party candidate Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday. McAuliffe replaces Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who was termed out.