On Tuesday, November 5th, Americans across the country voted in a myriad of state and local elections to select their new representatives to many positions. Of primary importance were the mayoral elections in Boston and New York, and the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as a few other elections of minor impact.
At 9:30 on Tuesday night, Marty Walsh was declared the winner in the Boston mayoral race against John Connolly. Despite, and perhaps because of, few substantive differences in policy, the election came down to the wire, with the primary distinctions between the candidates on their support bases. Walsh, a state legislator and former Trade Council Head, ran with the backing of Boston’s unions, and won the race with 52% of the vote. He will be replacing Mayor Thomas Menino, who has managed the city since 1993.
New York City had its own mayoral election on Tuesday. After 20 years of Republican management, eight by Rudy Giuliani and twelve by Michael Bl
oomberg, a Democrat, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio, was elected mayor in a landslide victory. He ran
against Republican Joe Lhota on an incredibly progressive platform, effectively as the anti-Bloomberg. He won most of the city and 73% of the vote.
Across the river, New Jersey held their own gubernatorial election. Incumbent governor Chris Christie defeated challenger Barbara Buono in a landslide win with 60% of the statewide vote. Despite opposing policies supported by the majority of New Jersey’s population, Christie’s handling of the economy and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy ensured his win, setting him up for a possible 2016 Presidential run.
Virginia also elected a new governor. In an incredibly close election, Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli with 48% of the vote. Virginia was one of the oddest elections of the year, with the candidates run
ning in front of the backdrop of the government shutdown and a Republican supported law banning “non-traditional sex acts”. Despite polls predicting a clear marginal victory for McAuliffe, this race was one of the last to be decided, as well as one of the closest.