LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — For a number of areas around the country, including some local Southern California cities, Tuesday was an election night.

Among the key contests was the governor’s race in New Jersey, in which popular and Gov. Chris Christie won a landslide victory with 60 percent of the votes over challenging Democrat Barbara Buono.

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Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, suggested on Tuesday night that the nation’s capital could learn from what he has achieved in New Jersey as governor.

“I did not seek a second term to do small things,” Christie said. “I sought a second term to finish the job. Now watch me do it.”

The race for governor in Virginia, meanwhile, came down to the wire.

Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, won by a narrow margin, capturing 48 percent to defeat the Republican state Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli — a tea party favorite — who earned 45 percent.

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The mayoral race in New York City saw a landslide victory in favor of liberal Bill De Blasio, who got 73 percent of the vote  in defeating Republican challenger Joe Lhota. The race never left any doubt as to the favored candidate.

“The stakes are so high for every New Yorker,” Mayor-elect De Blasio said. “And making sure no son or daughter of New York falls behind defines the very promise of our city.”

Southern California also had a number of elections.

Wendy McCammack took the most votes in the race for mayor of San Bernardino, edging Carey Davis, 24.64 percent to 23.42 percent. The top two vote-getters will face off in February to see who will be elected mayor of the bankrupt city.

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In Hermosa Beach, the “Quite Nights” measure, which would require bars in the vicinity of the Hermosa Beach Pier to close early, was handed a resounding loss: nearly 72 percent voted no, while only 28 percent of voters supported the measure.