Voters select governors, mayors and decide local issues

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Associated Press

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 12:33 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has cruised to re-election in Democratic-leaning New Jersey.

Christie scored a lopsided win against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bouno. Christie campaigned on bipartisanship and pledged to be a model for dysfunctional lawmakers in Washington. Christie is openly considering a White House bid.

In another closely watched governor's race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly won the Virginia governor's race. McAuliffe edged conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Both Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton made appearances for McAuliffe in the final weeks, and so did President Barack Obama over the weekend.

New Yorkers chose Bill de Blasio as mayor, electing the first Democrat since 1989. In Atlanta, Mayor Kasim (kah-SEEM') Reed won a second term over three little-known challengers.

Voters also had to decide other ballot issues. Houston voters rejected a plan to turn the Astrodome into a convention hall, likely dooming it to demolition. Colorado agreed to tax newly legal recreational marijuana at 25 percent. In New Jersey, a $1 increase in the minimum wage was approved.

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