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Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacts to shouts from the crowd as he stands with his wife Mary Pat Christie, center right, and their children, Andrew, back right, Bridget, front right, Patrick, left, and Sarah, second left, as they celebrate his election victory in Asbury Park, N.J., Tuesday after defeating Democratic challenger Barbara Buono . (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ANALYSIS: Post-shutdown, pragmatism is in

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By Ken Thomas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and rigidity lost.

In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch. In swing state Virginia, voters narrowly rejected Republican Ken Cuccinelli's uncompromising, conservative approach.


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