Republican New Jersey Gubernatorial hopeful Chris Christie exits the voting booth after casting his vote (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) - With 28 percent of the vote counted in New Jersey's gubernatorial race, Republican Chris Christie leads Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine 50 percent to 44 percent. Independent candidate Christopher Daggett has 6 percent of the votes counted so far.
(CNN) – On Tuesday, 61 percent of men voted for Republican Bob McDonnell, CNN's projected winner in the race for governor of Virginia. Democrat Creigh Deeds got just 38 percent of the male vote, according to early CNN Exit Poll data. McDonnell also had an edge among women with 53 percent telling pollsters they voted for the Republican.
Deeds, who comes from rural Bath County, captured 56 percent of the urban vote... while McDonnell took 55 percent of the suburban vote and 69 percent of the rural vote.
(CNN) - Republican strategist and CNN contributor Mary Matalin said tonight that it's not only in Virginia where independents are voting Republican.
"[Polls show] independents are cutting away from Democrats. They're not becoming Republicans … they're identifying as independents and philosophically conservative," she said.
(CNN) –Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile says, "If history is any guide, this is not a good night for the party in power because it's difficult to win races after you've won the presidential race."
"That said, Republicans are still dealing with a civil war in their party and that's something they'll have to sort out," she added.
(CNN) – CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger says that the projected GOP win in the Virginia gubernatorial race - and exit polls showing independents voting overwhelmingly for Republican Bob McDonnell - could be a problem for the president.
"This is a signal to this White House they have some problems right now – particularly on the economy and on the deficit," she said.
(CNN) – After CNN projected the Virginia gubernatorial race for Republican Bob McDonnell, CNN political analyst David Gergen said this win should not be considered a referendum on President Obama.
"You can't read this is as a referendum [on Obama]." Gergen said. "It's important not to over-read these elections. But these elections do give you a pretty good sense of which way the wind is blowing and that's also important."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republicans recaptured the Virginia governor's mansion Tuesday after eight years of Democratic rule, CNN projects.
Former Attorney Gen. Bob McDonnell defeated state Sen. Creigh Deeds to take back the seat currently held by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine.
CNN also projects that the GOP will win the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general. The wins are a much-needed boost for the Republican Party; which suffered dramatic losses, including the White House, in the 2008 elections.
(CNN) - As voters went to the polls in Virginia Tuesday to elect a new governor, the economy was on their mind.
83 percent said they are very or somewhat worried about economic conditions, according to early CNN Exit Poll data. Those who are most worried voted overwhelmingly for Republican Bob McDonnell, who CNN projects won the race. Another 11 percent said they are not too worried about the economy. Democrat Creigh Deeds captured most of that vote. Just three percent said they're not worried at all about the economy.
Almost half of the respondents said the economy and jobs was the most important issue. A quarter said health care was the most pressing issue.
More complete data will be released later in the evening.