Voters select governors, mayors and decide local issues
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.
McAuliffe elected governor of Va. over Cuccinelli
TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been elected Virginia's next governor, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli after pledging to expand the state's Medicaid rolls and portraying his rival as someone who would turn back years of progress.
Turnout for Tuesday's election was low, and both candidates worked through Election Day to reach as many potential voters as possible.
McAuliffe, who once led the Democratic National Committee and is a confidant of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, said he would expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for 400,000 people under the federal health care law. By contrast, Cuccinelli, the current attorney general, vehemently opposed the law and was the first to challenge it in court.
Obama phones winners in Virginia, NYC, Boston
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has phoned Terry McAuliffe, the winning candidate in the Virginia governor's race, as well as the winners in mayoral races in New York City and Boston. The White House says Obama phoned McAuliffe, New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio and Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, all Democrats, on Tuesday night.
The White House says 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
NJ GOVERNOR'S RACE
NJ's Buono concedes to Christie in governor's race
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Barbara Buono has conceded the New Jersey governor's race to incumbent Chris Christie.
Speaking about 40 minutes after polls closed Tuesday, Buono told her supporters she had called Christie to congratulate him.
Christie is seen as a possible 2016 presidential contender. He is ahead 62 percent to 36 percent with 18 percent of precincts reporting.
Buono told supporters that she had differences with Christie, but added, "when it comes down to it, we're just two parents who want to see the best for our children's future."
She thanked supporters and tweaked Democratic Party bosses, many of whom did not support her campaign.
NYC MAYOR'S RACE
De Blasio elected Mayor of New York
NEW YORK (AP) — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has been elected mayor of New York, becoming the first Democrat since 1989 to be chosen to lead the nation's largest city.
De Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh). De Blasio will succeed Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire who is leaving after 12 years.
De Blasio ran on a liberal, tax-the-rich platform that was sharply at odds with Bloomberg's pro-business, pro-development record.
Walsh defeats fellow Democrat in Boston mayor race
BOSTON (AP) — State Rep. Martin Walsh has defeated City Councilor and fellow Democrat John Connolly in a hard-fought race to succeed longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
With 95 percent of the votes counted, unofficial totals showed Walsh with 51 percent to 49 percent for Connolly. Connolly conceded Tuesday evening.
Turnout was brisk Tuesday as voters cast ballots in an election that for the first time in two decades didn't include Menino's name at the top of the ticket.
The 46-year-old Walsh relied on support from labor organizations to help his get-out-the-vote drive.
Walsh was a union official before being elected to the Massachusetts House in 1997. He has remained active in union affairs as a lawmaker.
Connolly made education his core issue and was hoping an "army of moms" that appeared with him at campaign events would help propel him.
Detroit voters elect Duggan mayor of broke city
DETROIT (AP) — A former medical center chief has defeated a county sheriff to become the next mayor of financially troubled Detroit.
Unofficial returns showed Mike Duggan leading Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55 percent to 45 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Napoleon conceded defeat late Tuesday in a race where he was outspent by Duggan by about 3-to-1 heading into Tuesday's election.
Both candidates had campaigned that a state-appointed emergency manager should leave the city and allow the new mayor to fix Detroit's finances when he takes office in January.
But the reality is that Duggan will have little power under emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who filed in July to take Detroit into bankruptcy.
HOUSTON ASTRODOME'S FUTURE
Demolition likely for Astrodome as voters nix plan
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas voters have rejected a plan to convert the shuttered Houston Astrodome into a convention center and have likely doomed the iconic stadium to demolition.
Tuesday's referendum would have authorized Harris County to issue up to $217 million in bonds to turn the world's first multipurpose domed stadium into a giant convention and exhibition space.
The so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World" opened in 1965 and was once home to the Houston Astros and Houston Oilers. But the Astrodome hasn't been home to a professional team since 1999, and it was closed to all events in 2009.
Preservation groups have pushed for the stadium to be reborn. However, local leaders have said it would likely be razed if Tuesday's referendum failed.
Illinois lawmakers vote to allow gay marriages
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is set to become the 15th state and largest in the heartland to allow same-sex couples to marry.
State senators approved technical changes Tuesday to a measure legalizing gay weddings, shortly after a historic favorable vote in the state House. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he'll sign it into law.
Illinois will start allowing same-sex marriages next summer.
Fourteen states plus Washington D.C., currently allow same-sex marriage.
The vote in Illinois came after months of arduous lobbying by gay-rights advocates, but the bill was never called for a House vote earlier this year because the sponsor said there weren't enough votes. Proponents say momentum had been building.
Opponents have said marriage should remain between a man and woman.
Mayor says he won't quit
TORONTO (AP) — He's now admitted that he smoked crack cocaine -- but Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he loves his job, and won't be stepping down.
Ford acknowledged Tuesday that he smoked crack "probably a year ago" when he was in a "drunken stupor."
Police last week said they'd obtained a copy of a video showing him smoking crack -- but that there wasn't enough evidence to charge him with a crime. They now say Ford's admission of crack use will be passed on to investigators.
NH DEATH PENALTY
NEW: NH court to rule on cop killer's death sentence
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday whether New Hampshire's only death row convict should be executed for killing a Manchester police officer in 2006.
If the court tosses out the death sentence of 33-year-old Michael Addison on constitutional grounds, prosecutors would be barred from again seeking the death penalty.
Addison was sentenced to death in 2008 for gunning down Officer Michael Briggs as he tried to arrest him after a violent rampage of robberies and drive-by shootings.
If the court affirms his death sentence, Addison could be the first killer executed in New Hampshire since 1939.
The ruling marks the first time the state's highest court has examined the death penalty in half a century. It heard day-long arguments one year ago.
SON OF SAM LOOPHOLE
NEW: NY mom who killed kids seeks piece of their estate
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A judge is holding a hearing Wednesday to determine whether a Long Island mother found not guilty because of mental disease in the 2008 drowning of her three children deserves a piece of their $350,000 estate.
Thirty-three-year-old Leatrice Brewer's bid hinges on whether her case applies to the state's "Son of Sam" law. It was enacted in the 1970s following the capture of serial killer David Berkowitz and sought to bar him and other criminals from profiting from their crimes.
Some legal experts say because Brewer was never convicted, a judge may rule that she's not subject to the law.
The money comes from lawsuits the fathers of the children settled with Nassau County over claims that social services workers failed to properly monitor Brewer.
Created: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:17:53 EST
Updated: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:17:53 EST