Earlier this week, we talked about the governor’s elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and how they might help reshape the political landscape in the United States. Watch our piece on that here.
So how did things turn out?
In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the governorship with 48 percent of the vote compared to Tea Party-backed Republican Ken Cuccinnelli, who took 45.5 percent.
In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie won reelection in a landslide, with 60 percent of the vote, compared to Democrat challenger Barbara Buono’s 39 percent.
So what do Christie and McAuliffe have in common, other than winning? They both raised significantly more money than their opponents. Christie took in over $11 million, compared to Buono’s $2 million or so. And McAuliffe raised about $35 million, almost double Cuccinnelli’s $18 million.
A blue state elects a red governor, and a swing state goes from a red governor to a blue one.
What does this tell us? In American politics today, the color that counts is green.