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Will he be the next President of the United States?

November 06, 2013 12:08 IST

Will he be the next President of the United States?

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Democrats suffered a setback, albeit an expected one, in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, defeated his Democratic rival Barbara Buono comfortably in the gubernatorial election.

Poll predictions had indicated that many groups which traditionally vote for Democrats -- like women, African-Americans and Latinos -- voted for Christie.

Christie’s victory is another cause of worry for Democrats as well as Republican leaders with presidential ambitions, as the popular governor is considered a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

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Image: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie


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Bill de Blasio will be NYC's new mayor

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It was a happy day for Democrats in New York City, where a member of their party -- Public Advocate Bill de Blasio -- was elected to the mayor’s office after nearly two decades.

Blasio, who defeated his Republican rival Joe Lhota, said, “Make no mistake: The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it”.

"To everyone whose vote I didn't earn today, I promise I won't stop working to earn your trust," CNN quoted him as saying.

Blasio has been a strong opponent of the NYC police’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ programme, put in place by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which, many have alleged, is a form of racial profiling.

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Image: Bill de Blasio with Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman of the Indian American Democrats
Photographs: SnapsIndia

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Democrats scripted another victory in Northern Virginia, where the party’s candidate Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli for the post of Virginia's governor, reported CNN.

The gubernatorial race between Terry McAuliffe, a businessman and former chairman of the Democratic Party, and Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, often turned nasty.

While the McAuliffe campaign tirelessly pointed out that Cuccinelli supported legislation restricting abortion and certain forms of birth control, the Republican candidate hit back by revealing that the Democratic leader had once been subjected to a federal investigation.

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Image: Terry McAuliffe with US President Barack Obama
Photographs: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

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