Republicans swept Tuesday's gubernatorial races, with Bob McDonnell easily winning in Virginia and Chris Christie squeaking ahead of incumbent Jon Corzine in New Jersey. The New Jersey loss is a big blow for Democrats, as President Obama had campaigned heavily for Corzine. And results reverse a trend for Virginia, which has had Democratic governors for the past eight years and last year, for the first time in 44 years, went blue to elect Barack Obama. Leading up to the election, pundits speculated that a Republican gubernatorial sweep could indicate dissatisfaction with the administration in Washington, but exit polls indicated that voting reflected feelings about the economy, not Obama. Exit polls showed that 89 percent of voters in New Jersey, and 85 percent in Virginia, were "very" worried about the economy for the upcoming year.
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