6 November 2013, 05:55

Americans choose new governors and mayors on US election day

Voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect governors in Virginia and New Jersey, pick new mayors in New York City, Boston, Detroit and other municipalities, and decide on a host of ballot issues across the country. The mayor of New York City's seat is up this year, as is a key House race in Alabama between two conservative Republicans.

Bradley Byrne wins Alabama runoff, in victory for GOP business wing

Republican Bradley Byrne defeated his insurgent conservative opponent in an Alabama House race Tuesday, notching a hard-fought victory for the business wing of the GOP.

With 91 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Byrne led Dean Young 53 percent to 47 percent.

Detroit elects first white mayor in decades

Former hospital executive Mike Duggan won the Detroit mayor’s race on Tuesday, becoming the heavily African-American city’s first white mayor in nearly 40 years.

Duggan defeated Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon in a runoff. He confronts a city that has filed for bankruptcy and seen an exodus of its population in recent years.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe wins the Virginia governor's race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has narrowly defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the closely watched Virginia's governor race on Tuesday, NBC and CBS television said.

State election board figures showed McAuliffe, a Democratic Party insider leading Cuccinelli, a favorite of the Republicans' Tea Party wing, 47 percent to 46 percent with 91 percent of precincts reporting.

Democrat Bill de Blasio is elected mayor of New York City

Progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio has been elected mayor of New York City, replacing billionaire Michael Bloomberg, US media reported Tuesday.

"Thank you, New York City," de Blasio's campaign tweeted just after the close of polls, together with a photo showing the presumed winner together with his wife and two children.

The 52-year-old will succeed Bloomberg in January at the helm of the United States' largest city.
De Blasio promises a new style in a city transformed by 12 years of tough love under Bloomberg, who is stepping down after a record three terms.

He is one of the most progressive politicians in the country and left Republican rival Joe Lhota trailing in the dust by tapping into the worries of the economically vulnerable middle class.

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wins re-election

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie easily won reelection on Tuesday claiming a second term by what appeared likely to be a nearly unprecedented margin.

Networks called the race immediate after the polls closed at 8 p.m., citing exit polls that showed that he steamrolled his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.

Voice of Russia, USA Today, CNN, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, CBS, New York Times, AFP, Reuters

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