Election week 2013 takeaways from ‘In Play’

November 8, 2013

As election week comes to a close, PostTV's "In Play" spoke to political thinkers from around the country to tell you what you need to know heading into 2014 — and beyond.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) won reelection by the widest margin by any governor of the state since 1985. In a state where only 20 percent of registered voters are Republicans, Christie's decisive victory may be a sign of more favorable numbers to come in 2016. Democratic Governors Association chairman and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin fills in the blank on what he thinks contributed to Christie's win.

And what is the biggest takeaway for Shumlin when it comes to the 2013 elections? Terry McAuliffe ran a great campaign focusing on "bread-and-butter" issues.

On Monday former Florida governor Charlie Crist (once a Republican, then an Independent) announced he would be running for governor of Florida — this time as a Democrat. "In Play" takes a look at his political evolution.

Colorado voted to make marijuana one of the most heavily taxed consumer products Tuesday. The Denver Post's Kurtis Lee explains Coloradans' sentiment behind pot politics and the rural-urban divide that placed a call for secession on the ballot.

On Thursday Pennsylvania Gov.  Tom Corbett (R) announced that, despite tanking poll numbers, he will be running for reelection. According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jim O'Toole he'll have to rely on outside forces now to work in his favor.

Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has some advice for Democrats going into the 2014 elections that may be facing a tough public perception of Congress right now: "Every member of Congress running again for next year is going to have to figure out a way to convince their constituents that electing them again will improve their lives personally."

To follow these stories and more, tune in to PostTV's "In Play."

Casey Capachi is a video and web producer for The Washington Post.
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