writes "Yesterday, the GOP candidates defeated the Democrat incumbents in New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races, while the close mayoral race in New York came as quite a surprise to most: The incumbent Democrat mayor defeated the up-start Conservative candidate by a mere 5% margin – and this after being endorsed by the withdrawing GOP candidate.
In New Jersey, Republican candidate Chris Christie defeated the incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine by a 49:45% margin:
Republican Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, pulled out a win in the New Jersey governor's race Tuesday, defeating a deeply unpopular Democratic incumbent whom voters blamed for the state's high taxes and crushing budget woes.
The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Christie over incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine just after 10 p.m. With 91% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Mr. Christie had 49% of the vote to Mr. Corzine's 45%.
In Virginia, the referendum was even more pronounced:
Former Attorney General Robert F. "Bob" McDonnell, a calm, hard-line conservative Republican from Virginia Beach, clobbered his earnest but vaguely moderate Democratic opponent from Bath County, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, by 18 percentage points.
Finally, NY Times editorialist David Carr expressed surprise over the close mayoral race in NYC:
Both polls and pundits had Michael Bloomberg walking away with the New York City mayoralty, but he won only by a margin of five points, and the race was close enough so that media outlets were finessing their predictions deep into the night. It will take weeks to figure out how a two-term incumbent who spent $90 million on his re-election, overpowering his opponent by a 14-1 margin in spending, limped to a narrow victory.
After all of this, we have to ask: What does this mean for the Obama administration? Was this a warning of things to come in the upcoming mid-term elections, and if so, how should the Democrat party react?"