2013 Election Roundup: Byrne, Christie, de Blasio Win; States Vote on Astrodome and Marijuana Tax

By: All Articles by The Associated Press
By: All Articles by The Associated Press

Democrat Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York

New York City will have its first Democratic mayor in two decades.

Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate, beat Republican Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh), a former chief of the metropolitan area's transit agency in yesterday's election.

De Blasio takes office Jan. 1st as the 109th mayor of the nation's largest city, replacing Republican Michael Bloomberg, who's been in office for 12 years.
Chris Christie re-elected governor of New Jersey

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he plans to "finish the job" in his second term.

The Republican easily won re-election yesterday, capturing 60 percent of the vote against Sen. Barbara Buono's 39 percent, with most precincts reporting.

Christie has had broad support among whites, independents, moderates, voters over 40 and those opposing the health care law.
CO says yes to taxing pot

UNDATED (AP) -- Colorado voters have agreed to tax marijuana at 25 percent. Proceeds of the newly legalized drug will go toward regulation and building schools.

Voters in Texas have rejected a plan to authorize bonds to turn the Houston Astrodome into a giant convention center.

That means the stadium likely will be torn down.

Voters in Washington state are saying no to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. In early returns, the measure is failing 45 percent to 55 percent. Initiative 522 has been one of the costliest initiative fights in state history.
Byrne wins tight GOP runoff in Alabama's 1st Congressional District

Former two-year college chancellor Bradley Byrne of Fairhope has won the Republican runoff for the 1st Congressional District, besting Orange Beach businessman Dean Young in the quest for the party's nomination.

Returns showed a tight race throughout the evening. But by the time 71 percent of the precincts were reporting Tuesday night, Byrne had gone ahead with 52 percent of the vote to Young's 48 percent.

Byrne led in the primary in September and drew support from the Republican establishment, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and former U.S. Reps. Jack Edwards and Jo Bonner, who used to hold the office. Young ran as a constitutional conservative and tea party supporter. He drew praise from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

The winner of the Republican runoff faces Democrat Burton Leflore in the general election Dec. 17.

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