November 6th, 2013
08:49 AM ET
9 years ago


CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 6, 2013 | 9 a.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

The Main Story Lines: Christie wins big in New Jersey; McAuliffe squeezes out a victory in Virginia; de Blasio’s crushing victory means a Democrat will lead the Big Apple for the first time in more than 20 years; and the GOP establishment scores a win over the tea party in Alabama.

The 2013 election is so yesterday as we look forward to the 2014 midterms and the wide open presidential race in 2016. But before we do …



Exit polls: Christie and McAuliffe took different paths to victory
The fact that Chris Christie rolled to a second term in New Jersey and Terry McAuliffe won in Virginia wasn't a surprise. Public opinion polls have consistently shown both men in the lead. – Alan Silverleib

Election Night 2013: Christie wins big, Virginia provides drama
Going into Election Day 2013, there was little doubt that Chris Christie was going to win his run for re-election. The only unknown was what he would say in his victory speech.

Terry McAuliffe: I always said it was going to be close
Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe always knew the race would be close. "I always said it would be a couple points from the day I got in," McAuliffe told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

NYC: 5 things you should know about New York's new mayor
Bill de Blasio will be the first Democratic mayor in New York City in two decades, easily defeating Republican Joe Lhota by running a campaign that rejected the politics of his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. -Julian Cummings

AL: Establishment beats tea party in Alabama runoff
In Alabama, the establishment won. Bradley Byrne, a former state senator, defeated businessman Dean Young in the GOP primary runoff for Alabama's 1st district, CNN projects. – Dan Merica and Kevin Bohn

National ballot measures across U.S.; they'll tax pot in Colorado
Last year, voters in Colorado approved legalizing recreational marijuana, and on Tuesday night, they resoundingly supported taxing it. – Mary Grace Lucas and Dan Merica


Jonathan Martin‏@jmartNYT21m
Attn @samfeistcnn @rupertmurdoch – @GovChristie election party has big screens tuned to CNN not Fox.

maggie haberman ‏(@maggiepolitico)
How they love @jaketapper in this convention hall

NANCY PELOSI’S TOP 10, Delivered Tuesday night on the Late Show with David Letterman

Top 10 things you never knew about the House of Representatives:

A few of our favorites:

9. “Members may vote yea, nay or whatever.”
2.”We have the power to impeach talk show hosts.”
1.”The tea party isn’t nearly as much fun as it sounds.”

Video http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/eO8GE18K9MCCSQju_75xGwEM8rYqW0Wh/david-letterman-nancy-pelosi-top-ten-list/

the LEDE
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Leading The Star Ledger: Chris Christie cruises: Governor coasts to second term with big win over Barbara Buono
Gov. Chris Christie, a hard-charging federal prosecutor turned political celebrity, trounced Democrat Barbara Buono on Tuesday, easily winning re-election in a race viewed as a precursor to a bid for the White House. – Jenna Portnoy

Leading Virginian-Pilot: Election | McAuliffe wins close Virginia governor race
Democrats won two of Virginia’s three statewide offices Tuesday, including a redeeming victory for governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, but missed out on a historic sweep for the party. McAuliffe, 56, won in a nail-biter despite a massive fundraising edge that he used to relentlessly wallop Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and claim his first publicly elected post. – Julian Walker

Leading The New York Times: An Audacious Liberal
The sidewalk outside the subway station in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was crowded on Tuesday morning. Bill de Blasio bent his 6-foot-5 frame again and again to shake hands. – Javier Hernandez

Leading Birmingham News: Bradley Byrne celebrates runoff win by reflecting on a difficult two weeks
Bradley Byrne celebrates runoff win by reflecting on a difficult two weeks for him. – John Sharp

Leading The Denver Post: Voters reject big tax hike, school finance measure Amendment 66
Voters emphatically rejected a $950 million tax increase and the school funding revamp that came with it, handing Amendment 66 a resounding defeat Tuesday night. – Kevin SImpson

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

CNN Money (@CNNMoney)
It looks like U.S. stock markets will open with a pop this morning. http://cnnmon.ie/1gqPJ9S via @CNNMoneyInvest

Jessica Taylor @JessicaTaylor
What a lot of GOPers are thinking today #VAGov RT @mattklewis: My latest: Ken Cuccinelli - What might have been http://bit.ly/1a6yPZc

John Avlon @JohnAvlon
Revenge of the RINOs – a look at Chris Christie's margin of victory across demographic divides http://thebea.st/HyVJ1H via @thedailybeast

stuart stevens (‏@stuartpstevens)
For everyone pursuing narrative that Republicans are tearing themselves apart, might want to listen to Barbara Buono attacking her Party.

David Leonhardt‏ (@DLeonhardt)
@stuartpstevens Good point. Main difference seems to be fact that right has much more power over Rs than left has over Ds.

stuart stevens‏ (@stuartpstevens)
@DLeonhardt Longer discussion but pretty sure Hillary '08 supporters thought left had too much power. Quinn supporters in NYC as well.

Eric Weisbrod‏ (@EricWeisbrod)
Boston’s on a winning streak: A world series and now a NYC mayor who favors the Red Sox.

Peter Hamby‏ (@PeterHambyCNN)
worth nothing: RGA went off TV in Virginia several weeks ago + RNC committed far less than in 2009 race, when they spent $9 mil.

DCCC (‏@dccc)
“Ken Cuccinelli is now the first casualty of the Republican shutdown and the reckless Tea Party ideology”

Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally)
Does Virginia have a Lincoln bedroom?

daveweigel (‏@daveweigel)
Man in front row of Cuccinelli speech yells "RUN AGAINST WARNER!" Sen. Warner up in 2014.

Ronald Klain‏ (@RonaldKlain)
@daveweigel That man is probably Sen.Warner.

Ben Pershing‏ (@benpershing)
Cuccinelli: "This race came down to the wire because of Obamacare." #vagov


The White House released a statement late Tuesday evening saying that Obama had placed calls to a handful of successful Democratic candidates …
“This evening, the President telephoned Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio and Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh. He congratulated each of them on their election victories and vowed to work with them in the months ahead to expand economic opportunity for middle class families in their communities.”

Joe Biden also made a congratulatory call to Iowa …

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Well-Done, VA–God bless you to save this big nation. No matter what we remain Capitalistic nation. True.

    November 6, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Thomas

    Man in front row of Cuccinelli speech yells "RUN AGAINST WARNER!" Sen. Warner up in 2014.

    Why can'y he find a real job , say at Windy's or Carls Jr ?

    November 6, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Shefter Laurent

    A preview of 2014/2016. The tea-party is tearing. Shame!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. tom l

    "WALL-TO-WALL WEBSITE COVERAGE last week, almost all of it fraudulent, biased, and paid for by special interest dollars."

    Huh? What was fraudulent? What was biased? And, most importantly, what was paid for by special interest?

    You might not like the coverage (I see you're not complaining now that there 19 articles about Rand Paul) but it was accurate. Was the website not a big deal? Of course it was. The only ones who don't see the bigger issue are the hardcore liberals, such as yourself. Man oh man, you guys just can't take criticism. It's a good thing that everywhere other than Fox and talk radio is liberal otherwise you might faint from anger.

    November 6, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. ST

    I can't understand those who say McAuliffe's win was a narrow one. It was huge. 60,000 votes win is something comparing to what "W" won in 2002 General Election. It was only 500 votes, and that was the win of the entire nation.

    November 6, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |