Click to view image: 'c3e14dc7454f-78466613jvbznxrv.jpg'In the end, all the stumping in the world from the President of the United States wasn't going to stop regime change in New Jersey's highest office.
Republican Chris Christie ended Democrat Jon Corzine's four-year run in Trenton with a narrow victory on Tuesday. Independent Chris Daggett, thought of by many as the wildcard who could upset the order of things by siphoning off votes from Christie, finished well back.
With 4,507 of 6,305 precincts reporting, Christie led Corzine 50 percent to 44 percent.
In 2008, Obama won independents in New Jersey, 51%-47%. But this year, independents flocked to Republican Chris Christie, 58%-31%, instead of incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine.
Young voters (18-29) made up almost one in five New Jersey voters in 2008 (17%). In this race, they made up just a meek 9%, less than one-in-10 voters.
By contrast, and similar to Virginia, older voters (65+) made up a bigger slice of the electorate in this election, one-in-five voters (20%). In 2008, they made up 15%.
Black and Hispanic voters, though, actually were a larger percentage of the electorate in this election. Black voters made up 15% this time around; in 2008, they were 12% -- with the first would-be black president on the ballot. Hispanic voters were 9% in 2008 and 10% this time around.
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