McDonnell, Christie Win Governorships
As the polls indicated (those work now?) Republican Bob McDonnell won the Virginia governor election by a sizable margin over Democratic contender Creigh Deeds by well over 340,000 votes. The rest of the head positions also went to the elephant as state senator Ken Cuccinelli easily won the attorney general over Stephen Shannon and incumbent lieutenant governor Bill Bolling won hands down over Jody Wagner. So a blue-leaning state turns its capital red? You gotta believe they're going to read a ton into that.
Meanwhile, a few states over in New Jersey, Jon Corzine took his incumbency into the polls and came out pantsless. Republican Chris Christie slid past Corzine by a six-figure voter margin (49-46%), with independent spoiler Chris Daggett picking up just six percent. Just last month Daggett looked like he would damage Christie's campaign, at one time with a 15 percent share of the support digging into the Republican base.
Meanwhile, in New York's 23rd, it looks like Democrat Bill Owens won the much-publicized candidacy over Conservative Party Doug Hoffman. My, my my. More on that later.