Election Day 2013: Virginia, New Jersey hold governor elections

Virginia Governor: CNN projects Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, will defeat Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race.

New Jersey Governor: (AP) -- Republican Chris Christie has been re-elected governor of New Jersey.

The Associated Press called the race Tuesday based on interviews with voters as they left polling places. The interviews were conducted for the AP and television networks ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News by Edison Research.

Christie easily defeated Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono and did it with the kind crossover appeal that could help him win the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 -- if he decides to go for it. New Jersey is normally a Democratic-leaning state.

The governor's approval ratings are running high because of his blunt, tell-it-like-it-is manner and his leadership after Superstorm Sandy a year ago.

New York (AP) -- Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has been elected mayor of New York, becoming the first Democrat since 1989 to be chosen to lead the nation's largest city.

De Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota. De Blasio will succeed Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire who is leaving after 12 years.

De Blasio ran on a liberal, tax-the-rich platform that was sharply at odds with Bloomberg's pro-business, pro-development record.