Christie cruises to victory in New Jersey, Cuccinelli loses in cliffhanger in Virginia

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Pro-life New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

As is often the case in elections, while the dominant races garner all the attention, there are also significant, tell-tale details that get far less coverage both about how the “important” races unfolded as well as about other “lesser” contests.

Big Picture: yesterday Pro-life New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) walloped pro-abortion state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 60% to 39%, to win a second term. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a genuine pro-abortion extremist, Democratic operative Terry McAuliffe, won a cliff-hanger over pro-life Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli—55,000 votes out of over two million cast.

What else do we know? Let’s take New Jersey first. Here is CBS News’s summary sentence:

“Christie was re-elected with widespread support from men, women, independents, members of his own party, and even three in 10 Democrats, according to CBS News exit polls.”

Let’s spell that out. Not only did Christie carry 63% of the vote among men, he won 57% of the female vote (a constituency he lost four years ago to his Democratic opponent).

Speaking of Democrats, that same exit poll found that Christie quadrupled his numbers: 8% of Democrats voted for him in 2009 and 32% yesterday.

And as the New York Times’ Kate Zernike and Jonathan Martin noted,

“In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, Mr. Christie won a majority of the votes of women and Hispanics and made impressive inroads among younger voters and blacks — groups that Republicans nationally have struggled to attract.”

What about Virginia?

Obviously, a very disappointing loss. Mr. Cuccinelli is a stalwart pro-lifer. Vastly outspent, he lost 47.5% to 45% to someone so sleazy even the Washington Post had to figuratively hold its nose to endorse him.

But pro-lifers held the Virginia House by a comfortable margin. Very much worth noting is that just two days before the elections, Michael Langenmayr
Campaign Director for the ultra-pro-abortion Daily Kos wrote about three “must win” races:

Pro-abortion Democrat John Bell versus Pro-life Republican David Ramadan

Pro-abortion Democrat Kathleen Murphy versus Pro-life Republican Barbara Comstock

Pro-abortion Democrat Atif Qarni versus Pro-life Republican Bob Marshall

All three pro-lifers won.

Also Delegate Rich Anderson was the House Sponsor of the Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He won another term last night.

In the contest for Attorney General, Mark Obenshain has a razor-thin lead over pro-abortion  Democrat Mark Herring. In 2012, when Obenshain was a state Senator, he was the prime/lead sponsor of the Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.