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Bill De Blasio Elected Mayor of NYC, and More Election Results — UPDATED

DeblasioBill De Blasio won a landslide election to become NYC's 109th mayor and its first Democratic mayor in a generation:

His overwhelming victory, stretching from the working-class precincts of central Brooklyn to the suburban streets of northwest Queens, amounted to a forceful rejection of the hard-nosed, business-minded style of governance that reigned at City Hall for the past two decades and a sharp leftward turn for the nation’s largest metropolis.

Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat who is the city’s public advocate, defeated his Republican opponent, Joseph J. Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, by a wide margin.

Exit polls conducted by Edison Research suggested that the sweep of his victory cut across all of New York’s traditional divides. He won support from voters regardless of race, gender, age, education, religion or income, according to the exit poll.

In other election results:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie easily won reelection against Democratic Senator Barbara Buono.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has beaten Virginia wingnut Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race. Homophobe pastor E.W. Jackson has lost the race for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia.

Annise Parker has won reelection as mayor of Houston, Texas.

Washington State Senator is poised to defeat Ed McGinn to become Seattle's first openly gay mayor.

Royal Oak, Michigan has upheld an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance.


And here are the results for candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund.

If there are races around the country that have been called that Towleroad readers might be interested in, please feel free to chime in in the comments.

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  1. The saddest news is the Christie won by a landslide. How sick are the idiots in New Jersey???

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 5, 2013 9:40:31 PM

  2. This is why Christie wanted it to be put to a vote. He would have gotten what he wanted and removed the stigma of his having to decide.

    Posted by: Robert | Nov 5, 2013 10:06:10 PM

  3. Jersey deserves Christie. Im glad we ended the reign of the Guiliani/Bloomberg era tho!!

    Posted by: greg | Nov 5, 2013 10:09:43 PM

  4. Houston just re-elected its openly lesbian Mayor Parker!

    Posted by: Mike in Houston | Nov 5, 2013 10:19:03 PM

  5. Marriage Equality in Hawaii just passed w amendments in the House.
    They added Conn guidelines for religious exemptions.
    Back to Senate and then on to Governor.

    One step closer.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Nov 5, 2013 10:43:16 PM

  6. Chapel Hill, NC (home of the TarHeels) re-elected it's gay mayor.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Nov 5, 2013 10:46:21 PM

  7. Virginia is rid of Cuccinelli & EW. At least for public office. Both lost.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Nov 5, 2013 10:46:46 PM

  8. Cuyahoga Falls, OH: Anti-gay Republican Mayor Don Robart, who fought a high profile battle to prohibit married gay couples from receiving family discounts at the city's rec center, lost reelection after 27 years in office. The Dem who beat him has signed the petition to legalize same sex marriage in Ohio.

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 5, 2013 11:01:57 PM

  9. Openly gay senator takes a commanding lead over Seattle's incumbent mayor.

    Posted by: Jose | Nov 5, 2013 11:57:04 PM

  10. St. Petersburg, FL, Rick Kreisman beats incumbent mayor Bill Foster, who has ingnored the city's pride celebration-the largest in Florida-for four years. Foster is also anti-recycling and anti-evolution.

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 6, 2013 12:18:03 AM

  11. It looks like we're going to have a gay mayor here in Seattle.

    Posted by: Aepol1 | Nov 6, 2013 12:23:50 AM

  12. Sounds like aside from Kristie Kreme, many of these elections are going our way... exciting news.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Nov 6, 2013 12:25:09 AM


    In Texas HD-50 where incumbent Mark Strama (D) resigned to run Austin's Google Fiber operation, out latina lesbian Celia Israel (D) will advance to a run-off with Republican Mike VanDeWalle in a district where Obama got ~60% in.

    This was my home district and I did vote (early) for Israel.

    Democrats combined for around 61% of the vote, which is good, but turnout was super low. Expect a good push from local Democrats to get Israel across the finish line by consolidating the support of the third and fourth place finishers, Jade Chang Sheppard (a local "Democratic" businesswoman who had donated in the past to Elisa Chan (R) of San Antonio) and Rico Reyes (a marine who should run for office in the future), onto Israel's campaign.

    Posted by: Commenter | Nov 6, 2013 1:03:33 AM

  14. Although Christie won his state's governor race, exit polls showed that NJ voters would choose Hillary Clinton over Christie for president if given the decision in 2016.

    So at least there's a silver lining and NJ isn't blindly loyal to him.

    Posted by: sparks | Nov 6, 2013 1:14:45 AM

  15. I no longer have any sympathy for what happens in Jersey, if they are dumb enough to vote for him again.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 6, 2013 7:42:58 AM

  16. When the Victory Fund endorses a better qualified non-gay over a gay seeking the same seat... then I'll believe in the Victory Fund. It's no different then t-baggers endorsing one of their own.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin the bleacher Preacher | Nov 6, 2013 9:44:01 AM

  17. Christie won because of crisis management during the big three natural disasters in the last two years. 640,000 homes damaged and 40,000 destroyed in Hurricane Sandy alone. His views on social issues didn't matter.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 6, 2013 9:57:07 AM

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