Election results updates: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wins tight race; Biden says ‘people are upset and uncertain’

Written by on November 4, 2021

The Related Press late on Wednesday called the New Jersey governor’s race for the incumbent, Democrat Phil Murphy, after a lot of a day wherein the race remained too near name.

New Jersey doesn’t have an automated recount regulation, however the candidates are permitted to request one. The occasion that wishes a recount has to file a go well with in State Superior Courtroom within the counties the place they need to contest tallies. That must be executed inside 17 days of Election Day.

5 election takeaways:Education critical in Virginia; an historic night for candidates of color

In Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin won the race to become the next governor on Tuesday. A businessman turned politician, Youngkin defeated Democrat and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a come-from-behind win.

In the meantime, history was made in races across the U.S. by each Republicans and Democrats.

Michelle Wu turned the primary elected feminine mayor of Boston and Democrat Eric Adams was elected New York’s second Black mayor, whereas Alvin Bragg turned Manhattan’s first Black district legal professional.

In Virginia, Republican Winsome Sears turned the primary Black lady to win the lieutenant governor’s publish. And Republican Jason Miyares, son of a Cuban immigrant and a delegate from Virginia Seashore, declared victory within the state legal professional common race.

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Virginia Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin speaks during an election-night rally at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles on Nov. 2, 2021, in Chantilly, Virginia. Virginians went to the polls Tuesday to vote in the gubernatorial race that pitted Youngkin against Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Gov. Murphy speaks at victory rally

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, contemporary off the Related Press name that he gained re-election in New Jersey, spoke at a victory rally Wednesday evening.

In a quick speech in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Murphy stated he was “humbled” to win a second time period and appeared to acknowledge how divided the voters was within the outcomes. 

“If you wish to be governor of all of New Jersey, you have to hearken to all of New Jersey. And New Jersey, I hear you,” he stated. “So tonight I renew my promise to you — whether or not you voted for me or not — to work each single day of the subsequent 4 years to maintain shifting us ahead.”

Nonetheless, the marketing campaign of his Republican rival, Jack Ciattarelli, didn’t concede defeat. 

“With the candidates separated by a fraction of a % out of two.four million ballots forged, it’s irresponsible of the media to make this name when the New Jersey Secretary of State doesn’t even know what number of ballots are left to be counted,” spokeswoman Stami Williams stated on Twitter.

— Dustin Racioppi

In New Jersey, localized politics

Just like Virginia, New Jersey’s matchup between Ciattarelli and Murphy typically localized nationwide politics.

Whereas Ciattarelli tried to steer consideration to the parochial problems with property tax charges, college funding and high quality of life, Murphy’s marketing campaign relentlessly tied him to the unpopular former president Donald Trump.

Anticipating one other 4 years beneath Murphy, advocates and the governor’s supporters have pushed an formidable and wide-ranging agenda that features placing an finish to all fossil gasoline tasks, decriminalizing all medicine, reforming the tax code and finding out reparations.

Regardless of his sturdy exterior assist, Murphy would nonetheless must discount with Democratic lawmakers who’ve at instances served as a verify on his ambitions. Democrats retained their management of each chambers of the Legislature, although they seemed to be on tempo to lose seats, together with the highly effective one held by Sweeney. Meeting Speaker Craig Coughlin was anticipated to maintain his management positions.

Republicans haven’t managed the Legislature for 20 years and now, with Ciattarelli’s slim loss, the query turns to whether or not they can construct on this yr’s momentum to take again political management within the legislative or government branches. 

Learn the entire story right here:NJ Gov. Phil Murphy narrowly wins a second term, beating Republican Jack Ciattarelli

— Dustin Racioppi

Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy applaud after a woman receives a COVID-19 vaccination at Essex County College, in Newark, New Jersey, on October 8, 2021.

Murphy first Democrat reelected NJ governor since 1977

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy gained reelection, the AP stated on Wednesday , the primary Democrat voters have despatched again to Trenton in practically half a century.

Murphy, 64, defeated Republican Jack Ciattarelli, a former state assemblyman, in one in all two carefully watched gubernatorial elections this yr. Earlier than Tuesday, a Democrat had not been reelected New Jersey governor since 1977.

The incumbent governor was lengthy the favourite within the race, however the election drew nationwide consideration within the waning days of the marketing campaign as polls confirmed a narrowing hole between the 2 candidates.

A former U.S. ambassador to Germany, Murphy was first elected governor in 2017.

— Rick Rouan

As soon as thought of sleepy, New Jersey race now in highlight

New Jersey’s gubernatorial race, broadly thought of to be a sleepy contest favoring incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy, has all of the sudden turn into the nation’s most-watched election as a possible bellwether for subsequent yr’s congressional midterms. 

Murphy’s lead in all public polls, his moneyed equipment, his marquee endorsements and the benefit of getting 1,000,000 extra registered Democrats than Republicans didn’t translate right into a decisive victory Tuesday evening — or perhaps a projected one. 

As a substitute, it might be days or longer earlier than a winner is said, as a result of the race was so shut Wednesday and mail-in ballots needed to be counted.

Even when Murphy defeats challenger Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican Get together is energized in methods it hasn’t been in years, and Murphy might hardly declare he has a mandate to construct on the progressive framework he constructed out in his first time period, political analysts stated. 

Learn the remainder right here:Once considered a sleepy race, New Jersey’s contest for governor may now be a bellwether

— Dustin Racioppi

‘Folks need us to get issues executed’: Biden responds to Democratic gubernatorial loss in Virginia

President Joe Biden stated Wednesday that Democrats’ disappointing ends in Virginia’s gubernatorial election confirmed that voters need Congress to behave on his home spending agenda to “produce for the American folks.”

“What I do know is that individuals need us to get issues executed,” Biden stated when requested how a lot accountability he takes for the lack of Democrat Terry McAuliffe. “And that is why I am persevering with to push very arduous for the Democratic Get together to maneuver alongside and move my infrastructure invoice and my ‘Construct Again Higher’ invoice.”

Biden, making his first public feedback in regards to the outcomes, didn’t explicitly settle for accountability for Democrats’ unhealthy evening. He famous that McAuliffe acquired essentially the most votes ever for a Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia.

He stated his social spending and infrastructure payments “ought to have handed” earlier than election day however isn’t certain it will have “modified the variety of very conservative of us” who turned out in crimson districts the place Donald Trump is standard to vote for Republican Glenn Youngkin.

“However perhaps, perhaps,” Biden added.

Biden made a number of marketing campaign stops in Virginia for McAuliffe and aggressively sought to tie Youngkin to the divisive politics of Trump.   

“Individuals are upset and unsure about a whole lot of issues,” Biden stated, “from COVID, to high school, to jobs, to a complete vary of issues – and the price of a gallon of gasoline. And so, if I will move and signal into regulation my ‘Construct Again Higher’ initiative, I am ready the place you are going to see a whole lot of these issues ameliorated rapidly and swiftly. In order that must be executed.”

Requested what Democrats have to do to answer Republican assaults over vital race concept and different cultural points, Biden stated, “We should always produce for the American folks.”

– Joey Garrison

Virginia voters stated about race, training and lecturers

Considerations about how race is taught in colleges introduced out voters throughout Virginia on Election Day, when it emerged as a key cause some residents forged a poll within the commonwealth’s gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin.

Youngkin, who defeated the previous governor, leaned into mother and father’ anger over training throughout the marketing campaign, vowing to ban the instructing of vital race concept when he enters workplace. He and his supporters criticized McAuliffe for feedback made throughout a debate on Sept. 29: “I don’t suppose mother and father ought to be telling colleges what they need to educate,” McAuliffe stated.

Essential race concept is a authorized framework that examines how systemic racism continues to permeate U.S. regulation and society. Virginia public colleges don’t educate it at Okay-12 ranges. However, the candidates and voters appeared centered on the problem this election.

— Katie Wadington

Learn the complete story:Here’s what Virginia voters said about race, education and teachers in the Youngkin-McAuliffe election

Murphy, Ciattarelli commerce leads

As of midafternoon Wednesday, the New Jersey governor’s race stays on a razor’s edge, with votes trickling in.

Up to date vote totals have incumbent Phil Murphy forward of Jack Ciattarelli by practically 15,000 votes, based on the Related Press, which put Murphy’s vote complete at 1,199,614 and Ciattarelli’s complete at 1,184,723. 

The closeness of the race has shocked specialists, who watched public polls exhibiting Murphy main comfortably and regarded to his occasion’s registration benefit of greater than 1,000,000 voters.

“In the event you requested anyone a number of months in the past inside the state, I feel anybody would have predicted a excessive double digit landslide for Murphy,” stated Ashley Koning, director of the Eagleton Middle for Public Curiosity Polling.

New Jersey doesn’t have an automated recount regulation, however the candidates are permitted to request one. The occasion that wishes a recount has to file a go well with in State Superior Courtroom within the counties the place they need to contest tallies. That must be executed inside 17 days of Election Day.

– Related Press

Aftab Pureval makes historical past as Cincinnati’s first Asian American mayor

Aftab Pureval is Cincinnati’s subsequent mayor, nabbing a whopping 66% of the vote and turning into the primary Asian-American Pacific mayor within the metropolis’s historical past.

“We made historical past in Cincinnati,” Pureval stated to supporters who gathered to rejoice his win Tuesday evening. He defeated longtime Cincinnati politician David Mann, who conceded the race at 10 p.m.

Pureval, 39, of Clifton, is the Hamilton County clerk of courts. He campaigned on the concept that he would convey contemporary concepts to Metropolis Corridor.   

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported he additionally turns into the one Asiam American mayor within the Midwest. He defeated longtime Cincinnati politician David Mann, who conceded the race at 10 p.m.

– Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer

Booker notes Murphy’s impression throughout pandemic

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., voiced disappointment with the shut ends in New Jerseys’ governor’s race, however stated Gov. Phil Murphy had a troublesome job throughout the pandemic.

“Clearly I am upset, however I am glad that it appears like Murphy’s gonna pull by way of,” Booker stated.

“Main throughout disaster is at all times arduous. We simply went by way of unprecedented pandemic, and he stood in the saddle, made powerful decisions, saved folks secure. However it is a arduous job.”

Booker couldn’t say whether or not the race had any implications for congressional races in 2022.

“I am not extrapolating something on this proper now,” the second-term senator stated.

– Bart Jansen

Kaine weighs in on McAuliffe’s loss: ‘Dems blew the timing’

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., stated if Democrats in Congress had handed laws for President Joe Biden’s social welfare program and for infrastructure, the victories would have helped Terry McAuliffe within the race he misplaced Tuesday for governor of Virginia and helped congressional Democrats in 2022.

Progressive Home Democrats have blocked a vote on infrastructure laws, which the Senate has already authorized, till it may be thought of with Biden’s broader package deal.

“As a substitute, Democrats wished to be purists about no matter their very own specific objectives had been left, proper and heart and maintain out and dither and delay,” Kaine stated.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has proposed voting on each payments as early as this week. Kaine stated they could each be accomplished by Thanksgiving. However McAuliffe has already misplaced.

“A whole lot of politics is about timing,” Kaine stated. “Dems blew the timing.”

Kaine stated McAuliffe might have campaigned on common pre-kindergarten and youngster care within the bigger package deal, and on the roles that the infrastructure invoice would have created.

“He might have had a extremely nice wind at his again if Democrats had been keen to get the deal executed,” Kaine stated. “So I am simply saying I hope my colleagues take up this notion that if you’re within the majority, the D in Democrats ought to stand for doing and never delay, dithering, do nothing, division.”

Kaine famous that turnout was 25% larger than the earlier governor’s race 4 years earlier. The state doesn’t require voters to register by occasion, so Kaine argued Democrats wanted to win over unbiased voters.

“Terry might have gained a whole lot of them over if we had given him some issues to promote, as a substitute of the message primarily that, you recognize, Dems are in disarray,” Kaine stated. “I hope the Dems view this because the Ghost of Christmas Future expertise. Like this is not what the long run must be. However when you do not change your methods, that is the long run.”

– Bart Jansen

three Democratic Senate races now thought of toss-ups

A political odds-maker on the College of Virginia modified its scores Wednesday in 4 aggressive Democratic U.S. Senate races, after Glenn Youngkin gained the Virginia governor’s race.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which is known as for Larry Sabato, director of the Middle for Politics on the College of Virginia, stated the election confirmed a poor atmosphere for Democrats, which if replicated in 2022 might assist Republicans might win management of the Home and Senate.

The scores modified in three races from “leans Democratic” to a toss-up, for Sens. Mark Kelly in Arizona, Raphael Warnock in Georgia and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada. The score for Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., modified from “secure Democratic” to “doubtless Democratic.”

– Bart Jansen

McAuliffe concedes to Youngkin in Virginia governor’s race

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe conceded his run for governor after a bruising marketing campaign in opposition to Republican Glenn Youngkin. The race was broadly watched as a bellwether for the nationwide temper amid the coronavirus pandemic and first yr of Democrats’ unified management of Washington.

“Congratulations to Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin on his victory. I hope Virginians will be part of me in wishing the perfect to him and his household,” McAuliffe stated in a Wednesday morning assertion.

While he acknowledged the campaign “came up short” in the race, McAuliffe reiterated the necessity to make progress on progressive priorities like well being care, voting rights and household coverage.

McAuliffe served as Virginia’s governor after a 2013 victory that presaged Democrats’ later victories within the state legislature in 2018. Youngkin’s victory, in addition to a slim Republican recapture of the state Home, got here as a shock to Democrats in Virginia and nationally.

– Matthew Brown

Supporters of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe watch returns during an election night event at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner on Nov, 2, 2021 in McLean, Virginia. Virginians went to the polls Tuesday to vote in the gubernatorial race that pits McAuliffe against Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.

Virginia fallout:Red alert: Crushing defeat in Virginia could signal more bad news for Democrats ahead

GOP says it can goal 13 extra Home Dems in 2022

The Republican marketing campaign committee for the Home introduced Wednesday it will add 13 Democrats to the listing focused for defeat within the 2022 election, after Glenn Youngkin’s victory within the Virginia governor’s race.

The Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee had 57 Democratic lawmakers in its sights and added 13 names.

“In a cycle like this, no Democrat is secure,” stated Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., who’s chairman of the marketing campaign committee. “Voters are rejecting Democrat insurance policies which have brought on huge worth will increase, opened our borders and spurred a nationwide crime wave.”

The Democrats added to the goal listing are: Reps. Greg Stanton in Arizona, Ed Perlmutter in Colorado, Joe Courtney in Connecticut, Darren Soto in Florida, Sanford Bishop in Georgia, Frank Mrvan in Indiana, David Trone in Maryland, G.Okay. Butterfield in North Carolina, Annie Kuster in New Hampshire, Teresa Leger-Fernandez in New Mexico, Madeleine Dean in Pennsylvania, Jim Cooper in Tennessee and Jennifer Wexton in Virginia.

– Bart Jansen

McCarthy: ‘America desires new management’

Nationwide Republican leaders are losing no time selling Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia, calling it an indication that they’ll triumph in subsequent yr’s congressional elections.

In a memo to colleagues, Home GOP chief Kevin McCarthy stated that “Washington Democrats have ignored their constituents, and so they have been punished by the voters they serve.”

“Individuals need new management,” added McCarthy, who would presumably turn into Speaker of the Home if the Republicans win a majority in subsequent November’s election.

Not so quick, some Democrats stated. Whereas reversals in Virginia and elsewhere had been disappointing, Democrats and their allies stated they nonetheless plan to retain the Home and Senate – although Tuesday’s election did yield warning indicators.

Republican scare ways solely work “if Democrats in Washington aren’t providing a daring imaginative and prescient for the long run and delivering on that promise,” stated Ben Jealous, president of Folks For the American Means. “They’ve to start out delivering, as a result of the midterm election season is now right here.”

– David Jackson

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Maine voters agree: Meals is a primary proper

The best to meals gained rave critiques Tuesday from Maine voters, who handed the nation’s first assure for folks to develop, harvest and eat based on their very own needs.

The Maine poll measure was one in all a number of in states looking for to create new constitutional rights relating an array of points. Some had been a response to insurance policies put in place throughout the coronavirus pandemic, together with a pair of Texas proposals limiting restrictions on spiritual gatherings and nursing dwelling visits.

Maine’s distinctive measure declares people have an “unalienable proper to develop, elevate, harvest, produce and eat the meals of their very own selecting.” It handed comfortably.

“It’s at all times a good suggestion to safe and defend a person proper on the planet we dwell in. Meals is life,” stated Democratic state Sen. Craig Hickman, a supporter of the proposal. “I don’t perceive why anybody can be afraid of claiming so out loud within the structure.”

Opponents had nervous the measure would possibly lead some folks to attempt to elevate cattle in cities.

– Related Press

Opinion:Virginia governor: Youngkin win shows voters will reward Trump’s dangerous Republican Party

Dems trailing in Virginia’s lieutenant governor, AG races

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Candidates for Virginia’s statewide down-ballot places of work had been engaged in tight races early Wednesday, with the Democrats barely trailing their GOP rivals. The races had been too early to name. 

Within the lieutenant governor’s race, voters selected between two ladies for a publish that has been held by males for so long as the state has existed. Democrat Hala Ayala, a delegate from Woodbridge, confronted Republican Winsome Sears, who served within the legislature for a single time period 20 years in the past and was making an attempt a political comeback. Both additionally can be the primary lady of coloration to be elected to statewide workplace in Virginia.

The winner will succeed Democrat Justin Fairfax, who unsuccessfully ran for governor. The marquee election Tuesday was the gubernatorial race, which Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin gained, defeating former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Whereas the AP didn’t name the down-ballot races, Republicans had been claiming victories in each. Sears stood along with her household in entrance of cheering supporters at a victory occasion in Chantilly, saying, “What you’re looking at is the American Dream.”

Ayala didn’t concede defeat early Wednesday morning.

For legal professional common, Democrat Mark Herring was looking for a 3rd time period in opposition to Republican Jason Miyares, a delegate from Virginia Seashore. Herring can be the primary legal professional common to win a 3rd time period since World Battle II.

Miyares, the son of a Cuban immigrant, additionally declared victory early Wednesday, saying he’s now the primary Latino to be elected statewide in Virginia. “I am unable to wait to go to work with Governor Youngkin and Lieutenant Governor Sears for you,” he stated.

Herring had not conceded defeat early Wednesday morning.

– Related Press

Buffalo mayor’s write-in marketing campaign appears profitable

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown appeared to win a fifth term Tuesday after lodging a sturdy write-in effort in opposition to India Walton, a educated nurse and activist whose socialist beliefs turned a central problem within the race.

Brown, a Democrat who first took workplace in 2006, resorted to a write-in marketing campaign after dropping a June major to Walton, a Democrat making her first run for workplace.

The trouble, initially regarded as a longshot, appeared to achieve success, although it will not be official till the write-in votes are verified and mail-in ballots are counted.

Write-in candidates acquired 33,994 votes — about 59% of the entire — with 98% of election districts reporting late Tuesday, based on the Erie County Board of Elections.

– Jon Campbell, New York State Crew

Youngkin flips Virginia

An excited Glenn Youngkin claimed the governor’s office in Virginia by telling supporters he would pursue a metamorphosis of the state’s financial system and college system.

“We will construct a brand new day,” Youngkin informed screaming supporters at a lodge in northern Virginia early Wednesday.

Youngkin, a determined underdog at the beginning of the marketing campaign, overtook Democrat Terry McAuliffe by stressing training – particularly the instructing of race and historical past – and the financial system.

“Collectively, we’ll change the trajectory of this Commonwealth,” Youngkin stated in his victory speech.

– David Jackson

Extra:Red alert: Crushing defeat in Virginia could signal more bad news for Democrats ahead

Adams wins in NYC, Bragg takes Manhattan DA’s race

Retired police officer Eric Adams defeated underdog Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa on Tuesday to turn into the second Black mayor within the historical past of New York Metropolis. The mayor-elect promised to mirror the wants of working and middle-class voters of coloration.

Former federal prosecutor Alvin Bragg will turn into the primary Black particular person to steer the Manhattan district legal professional’s workplace after his win over Republican opponent Thomas Kenniff.

– Chelsey Cox

Minneapolis police initiative defeated

MINNEAPOLIS – Voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a brand new Division of Public Security, an concept that supporters had hoped would convey radical change to policing within the metropolis the place George Floyd’s demise beneath an officer’s knee introduced requires racial justice.

The initiative would have modified the town constitution to take away a requirement that the town have a police division with a minimal variety of officers. Supporters stated a whole overhaul of policing was essential to cease police violence. Opponents stated the proposal had no concrete plan for transfer ahead and warned it will depart some communities already affected by violence extra susceptible as crime is on the rise.

These opponents welcomed the modification’s defeat however careworn the urgency of remodeling policing within the metropolis even with out it.

“Tonight Minneapolis voters have made clear that we wish a planful method to reworking policing and public security in our metropolis that should embody significant session with the communities which might be most impacted by each violent crime and by over-policing,” stated Leili Fatehi, supervisor of the All of Mpls marketing campaign.

The poll proposal had roots within the abolish-the-police motion that erupted after Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer final yr.

– Related Press

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