Even before all the votes were cast on Tuesday, media magnate Matt Drudge asked his Twitter followers to “hug a conservative today.”
Hours later, former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe barely squeaked out a win over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race.
Bill de Blasio won his race to become the first Democratic mayor of New York City in decades.
And Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — decried as a moderate by some conservatives — walloped his Democratic opponent, unofficially kicking off his campaign as the GOP establishment favorite for president in 2016.