Bill 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.
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