It is all change in New York where Bill de Blasio has been elected the city’s most liberal mayor in a generation and the first Democrat for two decades.
Vowing to fight inequalities, he won over 70 percent of the vote, crushing his Republican rival Joe Lhota.
After law-and-order Republican Rudolph Giuliani and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, New Yorkers now want a new style of man in the mayor’s official residence.
“I expect everything that he was talking about tonight,” said Henry Singleton, a de Blasio supporter. “Just give it time. We finally got a Democrat back into Gracie Mansion and I think that is the most beautiful part about all of this.”
“I expect that he will emphasise equity in the city and I expect that he doesn’t just care about expanding business in the city but cares about quality of life for everyone,” added fellow enthusiast Leslie Gordon.
Elsewhere in US regional polls, Republican Chris Christie easily won re-election as New Jersey governor – sealing his status as a top contender should he run for the White House in 2016. But in Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe will replace a Republican after narrowly winning the governor’s seat, in a tightly-fought contest.