CBS News and other outlets estimate that Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., will be re-elected as New Jersey governor by a comfortable margin.
Virtually no one ever thought the outcome might be different. For months, Christie held a commanding lead as his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, failed to get her campaign off the ground.
Christie will be re-elected with widespread support from men, women, independents, members of his own party, and even three in 10 Democrats, according to CBS News exit polls.
Christie’s Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, won the votes of liberals, African-Americans, and young voters, but that was not nearly enough to stop Christie’s pursuit of a second term.
In what is traditionally a blue state, Christie faced an electorate in which nearly two-thirds had an overall favorable opinion of him. Just four in 10 viewed Buono, the Democrat, favorably.