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New Jersey Re-Elects Chris Christie, Virginia Elects Terry McAuliffe

These two state elections could indicate new political trends.

UPDATE | Nov. 5, 2013 7:19 P.M. PST: Democrat Terry McAuliffe has won the 2013 election for governor of Virginia with 47.3 percent of the votes. GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli lost with 46 percent of the votes and 97.1 percent of the votes reported.

Republican Chris Christie has been re-elected as New Jersey's governor with 59.8 percent of the votes. His opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono, received 38.7 percent of the votes with 72.4 percent of the votes reported.

ORIGINAL STORY | Nov. 5, 2013 2:42 P.M. PST: Across the nation, voters are making their way to the polls this Tuesday to cast their vote in this off-year election.

Two of the most closely-watched gubernatorial elections are taking place in Virginia and New Jersey.

In Virginia, it's a close contest between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

One of the key issues in the Virginia race is the state's unemployment rate.

In New Jersey, it appears as though incumbent Chris Christie is going to take home an easy victory over his competitor, Barbara Buono.

Should Christie be reelected governor, his victory will represent a surprising feat since he is a Republican candidate in a traditionally Democratic state.

Christie's reelection could boost his chances of a possible presidential bid in 2016. 

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