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Murphy projected to narrowly win in N.J.; Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey wins second term

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) speaks at an election night event in Asbury Park, N.J. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy narrowly won his race for a second term Wednesday night, as a strong Republican surge across the Garden State left Democrats alarmed.

As the Associated Press projected Murphy the winner late Wednesday, his lead was about 1 percentage point over Republican Jack Ciattarelli, with several parts of the state yet to be counted.

In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe conceded in the governor’s race earlier in the day and congratulated Republican Glenn Youngkin for winning in a state that Joe Biden carried over President Donald Trump last year by 10 percentage points.

At the White House, a day after the electoral blows to the Democrats, Biden said the party has to produce for the American people to win over voters and pressed Democrats in Congress to pass his infrastructure and social spending bills.  

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Republicans appeared to sweep the other statewide races in Virginia, with Winsome Sears projected to win the lieutenant governor’s office and Del. Jason Miyares (Virginia Beach) declaring a win in the attorney general race. Republicans also appeared to be on the verge of ending Democratic control of Virginia’s House of Delegates in the elections.
In Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey (D) was projected by the Associated Press to win a second term after a campaign dominated by fallout from the murder of George Floyd by a police officer.
Voters in northeast Ohio elected Democrat Shontel Brown to fill a vacant House seat Tuesday, while Republican Mike Carey was projected to win a vacant House seat near Columbus.
In another open House seat in Florida, two Democrats are headed to an automatic recount to determine who will move on to the January election as the heavy favorite to replace the late Rep. Alcee L. Hastings.
Voters in Minneapolis soundly rejected a proposal to replace the city’s troubled police department.
The Post’s up-to-date election results: Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, mayoral elections, Northern Virginia local elections.


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