Democratic candidates win in Virginia, New Jersey governors races

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(AP) -- Voters in two states picked replacements for their term-limited governors -- Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Republican Chris Christie in New Jersey.

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In swing state Virginia, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie. In New Jersey, front-running Democrat Phil Murphy overcame Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

The stakes were high as both parties sought momentum ahead of next year's midterm elections.

Democrats haven't won any special elections for Congress this year and the next Virginia governor will have a major say in the state's next round of redistricting, when Congressional lines are drawn.

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