In New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio trounced his Republican rival Joe Lhota 73 percent to 24 percent, becoming the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
And in New Jersey incumbent Governor Chris Christie coasted to a reelection victory over challenger Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono -- besting her by more than 20 points.
The Virginia the governor's race however was closer than some had anticipated with former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe eking out a victory over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. McCaullife won by slightly less than 3 percentage points.
Here with a breakdown of what this all means, VOR host Rob Sachs speaks with Mark Rom. He's an associate professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.