Washington (CNN) – In an interview with CNN, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio downplayed Wednesday any national takeaways from GOP Gov. Chris Christie's crushing victory in the blue state of New Jersey and Republican Ken Cuccinelli's loss in Virginia, saying what happened in Tuesday's elections carry little implications for the future of the GOP.
"I think we need to understand that some of these races don't apply to future races. Every race is different–it has a different set of factors–but I congratulate (Christie) on his win," he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
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(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden called several winners in Tuesday's elections, including reaching out to the new mayor of a town in Iowa - a contest that had garnered national attention, an official in the Vice President's office confirmed.
The Vice President reached out to Tuesday evening to new Coralville, Iowa mayor John Lundell after Americans For Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch Brothers, weighed in against his candidacy and that of two city council members. The conservative national advocacy group got involved because of the city's debt.
Washington (CNN) - There was little drama in the four key races we were watching Tuesday night. But the off-year elections were viewed as much for what they would say about next year's midterm elections and the next presidential contest in three years.
Here are five things we learned Tuesday night:FULL STORY
(CNN) - Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, will beat Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday to become Virginia's next governor, CNN projects, ending a race that largely focused on national issues and saw heated attacks between the two candidates.
In his victory speech, McAuliffe painted his win as a point for bipartisanship.
"This election was never a choice between Democrats and Republicans, it was a choice about whether Virginia would continue the mainstream, bipartisan tradition that has served us so well over the last decade," he said, offering praise to both the incumbent Republican governor and his Republican rival.
(CNN) – New York City voters Tuesday elected a Democrat to the mayor's office for the first time in two decades, giving progressive city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio a victory over Republican nominee Joe Lhota, Edison Media Research projects.
"Make no mistake: The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it, together, as one city," de Blasio said in his victory speech.
(CNN) - Chris Christie's re-election speech Tuesday night sounded like something more, as the Republican governor of New Jersey with national aspirations touted his bipartisan successes and railed at the partisan gridlock in the nation's capital.
"It wasn't an acceptance speech, that was an announcement speech," said CNN contributor Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist and veteran of numerous GOP campaigns.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has won four more years leading the Garden State, CNN projects, defeating Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono in the state's gubernatorial race.
Christie's victory became a forgone conclusion long before polls closed in New Jersey, as public opinion polls for months have indicated the tough-talking Republican headliner was far ahead of his Democratic challenger.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Chris Christie's re-election as New Jersey governor was never in doubt.
But the big questions heading into Tuesday's gubernatorial election were how large a victory the high-profile Republican with national aspirations would capture against state Sen. Barbara Buono, his little-known Democratic challenger, and how Christie would perform with voters who tend to cast ballots for Democrats.
(CNN) – CNN projects incumbent New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, will easily win re-election, defeating Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.
(CNN) – Polls have closed in Virginia but the race for governor there between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli is too close to call. Here are results of CNN's early exit polls conducted on Tuesday in Virginia:
McAuliffe capturing moderates, women
McAuliffe is doing well with key voting blocs in Virginia. Among the 44% of voters who call themselves moderate, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli by 28 points (58%-30%). McAuliffe is also benefitting from the gender gap. While men split virtually evenly between the two major party candidates, women back McAuliffe by 16 points (54%-38%). But Cuccinelli is winning among self-described independents by 11 points (47%-36%).