Voters Head to the Polls in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia

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The vote is ON in three US states as voters head to the polls in the first major round of elections since last year’s Obama-Romney showdown.

Voters in New York City will bid farewell to three-term mayor Michael Bloomberg by choosing his successor while voters in New Jersey and Virginia will decide their next governors.

Here are Reagan’s top picks:

  • New York City Mayor: Bill de Blasio!
  • New Jersey Governor: Chris Christie!
  • Virginia Governor: Who cares? They’re both terrible.

New York City Mayor

Bill-de-Blasio-and-Joseph-LhotaAs a native Torontonian, my only criteria for a mayor of a major city is that they don’t smoke crack and “get hammered on the Danforth,” but New Yorkers may have slightly higher expectations.

Voters can choose between Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, a super liberal public advocate who ran Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and has a bi-racial family with their own choreographed dance moves and Joe Lhota, a Republican who ran the city’s public transport authority under Mayor Bloomberg and would NOT stop the subways if there were kittens on the track.

However, it’s not so much a choice as a foregone conclusion. Bill de Blasio is CRUSHING the polls so much that he is worried about depressing voter turnout. The Democratic candidate is leading the polls by about 40 points – so he better get working on that victory party.

New Jersey Governor

Chris Christie FoodIn another electoral race that isn’t so much a race as it is a crushing defeat, incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie is expected to win re-election in New Jersey handily, despite yelling at every teacher he meets on the campaign trail.

But New Jersey voters aren’t watching to see if Chris Christie, the man who saved the state from Superstorm Sandy, can beat his Democratic challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono, because of course he can – he’s 20 points ahead and she can’t even raise money! No, New Jersey is watching to see if he’ll beat her so badly that he’ll be a shoo-in for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Virginia Governor

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Second DebateAnd then there’s Virginia…. The race for Virginia’s next governor is between ultra-conservative, Tea-party loving, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and politically corrupt Democrat Terry McAuliffe who once left his wife and newborn baby in a car for an hour while he attended a fundraiser.

As one voter lamented, it’s like picking between “a heart attack and cancer.” So much for the lesser of two evils… Even two of the state’s major newspapers, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Roanoke Times, declined to endorse either candidate. Nevertheless, it seems Virginia voters are siding slightly with Democrat Terry McAuliffe and his questionable business deals – but spoiled ballots may be the true winner of this race.

Via: New York Times & CBS News

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