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Palin pontificates on Christie but offers nothing of value

Sarah Palin, a political accident who failed as governor of Alaska, self-destructed as a Republican vice presidential candidate and hasn’t held a steady job in months is now passing herself off as an expert on who should or should not be the Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Appearing on Monday on the Today Show — which apparently had a shortage of available fact-based guests on the Veterans Day holiday — Palin shied away from saying anything substantive about New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie — who dominated his re-election campaign last week with a 62 percent victory in a Democratic
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Christie to GOP: Reach out to minorities, women, seniors

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, heralded as the “proper face of the Republican Party” after his 22 percent re-election win last week, has a simple message for the GOP:  Walk away from the right-wing extremists, spend more time with women, seniors and minorities plus shut up and listen to voters. And what about 2016, when Republicans will need a more centrist-focused nominee for President to try and reverse losses in the last two elections? “I know everybody is going to be speculating about what may come in my future and lots other people’s future in our party,” Christie said on
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Chris Christie after re-election: Onwards and upwards

A dominant re-election victory in hand, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pursuing a path to bolster his resume as a get-it-done Republican leader and to broaden a national network of political allies. This aggressive course is designed to strengthen his appeal as he considers whether to run for president in 2016. Christie faces stubborn skeptics on all sides, even though he won a second term Tuesday by 22 percentage points. Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature are questioning his second-term priorities. Some conservative activists in important presidential primary states remain outright hostile to the Republican politician who embraced
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Voters fed up but not giving up yet

If there’s one word that describes how Americans feel about politics these days, it’s “negative.” Majorities disapprove of Congress and the president and say the nation is heading in the wrong direction. Few trust their political leaders to make the right decisions, and some polls suggest voters would like to see the whole lot turned out next November. Yet an Associated Press-GfK poll in October found more people tuning in to politics — warts and all — than tuning out. It’s not a major election year, so day-to-day interest in following news about politics and elections was lower than at
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Pragmatism and reality won big on election night

Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost. In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch. In swing state Virginia, voters narrowly rejected Republican Ken Cuccinelli‘s uncompromising, conservative approach. If there’s a lesson from Tuesday’s off-year elections, it might be that during a time of deep divisions within the Republican Party, staunchly conservative GOP candidates who press ideological positions have difficulty winning general elections in competitive states. Candidates with mainstream appeal like Christie in New Jersey and Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia can overcome obstacles that might
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Tuesday’s elections: A preview of what’s to come?

The 2016 overtones were clear in this year’s two most high-profile elections. Republican Gov. Chris Christie‘s resounding re-election victory in Democratic-leaning New Jersey sets the opening argument for a possible White House run while Terry McAuliffe‘s gubernatorial victory gives fellow Democrats — if not his confidante Hillary Rodham Clinton, herself — a road map for success in the pivotal presidential swing-voting state. Christie became the first Republican to earn more than 50 percent of the New Jersey vote in a quarter-century. McAuliffe is the first member of the party occupying the White House to become Virginia governor since 1977. Among
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McAuliffe, Christie take governor races

Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly won the job of Virginia governor Tuesday, leading what Democrats hoped would be their first sweep of statewide offices in decades. In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election — on track for a large margin of victory — amid talk of a 2016 presidential run. New Yorkers chose Bill de Blasio as mayor, electing the first Democrat since 1989. In other, widely scattered odd-year balloting, Colorado was setting a tax rate for marijuana, Houston was deciding the fate of the Astrodome and Alabama Republicans were choosing between two of their own — from
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In elections from coast to coast, voters take over

From rural Iowa to urban New York, voters across America will render judgment in a slate of political contests Tuesday, including in New Jersey and Virginia where gubernatorial race outcomes could highlight the Republican Party division between pragmatists and ideologues. Elsewhere, Colorado voters will set a tax rate for marijuana. New York City will elect a new mayor for the first time in 12 years, while Boston’s mayoral race pits white collar against blue collar, and Detroit’s spotlights the city’s bankruptcy — just three of the many mayoral contests from coast to coast. Republican and Democratic strategists alike say that
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In Virginia, a state race with national implications

To appreciate their vastly different strategies in the race for Virginia governor, simply look at how the candidates spent Monday, the final full day of campaigning before polls open. Ken Cuccinelli raced from stop to stop, trying to overcome a deficit in the polls, a crush of negative ads and a lingering wariness among fellow Republicans about his deeply conservative views. His rival, Terry McAuliffe, enjoyed a last-minute visit from Vice President Joe Biden and pledged to use the national health care law to give 400,000 Virginians health care coverage. Their approaches capture the essence of the race: Cuccinelli, the
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Virginia election will be a referendum on Obamacare

In Virginia, candidates on both sides of a long, bitter race for governor spent the weekend turning the final hours into a referendum on President Barack Obama’s health care “reform.” The decision to nationalize the race is a question that voters — at least those who care enough to turn out — will answer on Tuesday. Democrat Terry McAuliffe, armed with lots of campaign cash and polls which show him ahead, campaigned with President Barack Obama in Northern Virginia. Republcian Ken Cuccinelli, out of money and running out of time, hit right-wing strongholds in Southwestern Virginia hoping to increase campaign
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