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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is said to be a potential presidential candidate in 2016. He's also expected to run for re-election as governor in 2013.

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The 2013 election was Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. There were no federal races for U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives in the 2013 election. But there were several high-profile statewide races taking place in some parts of the country, particularly for governor.

Congressional elections are held in even-numbered years, and state elections are held in odd-numbered years. Here's a summary of what was on the ballot in the 2013 election.

2013 Election for New Jersey Governor

There were two elections for governor in 2013, in New Jersey and Virginia.

The race for governor in New Jersey received national attention because Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who sought re-election, is also considered one of several potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Christie easily defeated Democrat Barbara Buono in the race for New Jersey governor. Christie received 60.4 percent of the vote to Buono's 38.1 percent.

The results were not a surprise. 

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted before the 2013 election campaigns began found a majority of New Jersey voters approved of the job Christie was doing, and that most believed he deserved re-election. The race appears to be lopsided.

The survey found Newark Mayor Corey Booker would have fared the best against Christie. "A sneak peak at the 2013 election for governor shows Newark Mayor Cory Booker could give Gov. Christie a run for his money, if the mayor decides to run," Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said.

2013 Election for Virginia Governor

Virginia's Republican governor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, was prohibited from seeking re-election under the state constitution but was very popular among voters heading into the 2013 election. His support among young voters and women was seen as a potential model for Republicans candidates who suffered in the 2012 election.

"He is the only Republican office-holder in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University who get positive ratings from women, almost 2-1 in this case, and a plus score from black voters. A 2-1 approval rating among young voters doesn't hurt," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Are national GOP leaders paying attention here?"

The race for governor in Virginia received some national attention because it featured a prominent figure in the Democratic Party: Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The Republican nominee was state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe narrowly defeated Cuccinelli, 48 percent to 45.5 percent.

2013 Elections for Mayor

There were several high-profile elections for mayor in big U.S. cities in 2013. They included races in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg was statutorily prohibited from seeking a fourth term.

In the race for New York mayor, Democrat Bill de Blasio coasted to victory.

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