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11/05/2013 09:16 am ET

NJ Election 2013: Barbara Buono, Chris Christie Face Off At Polls

The New Jersey governor's election takes place today, with Republican incumbent Chris Christie battling Democrat Barbara Buono.

Polls open in New Jersey at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

RealClearPolitics' Sean Trende reports on the significance of a potential Christie win:

It's a bit surprising how blase much of the media seems to be about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's likely win in Tuesday's election. While it is somewhat natural that attention would drift instead toward the Virginia governor’s race, given where the D.C. press tends to reside and the contest’s relative closeness, the magnitude of Christie’s expected victory really is a big deal. A lot of analysts, including this one from time to time, have overlooked its potential significance.

To put this in perspective, look at the chart at the bottom of the page. It lists the performance, excluding third parties, of every Republican to run statewide in New Jersey from 1945 to 2013, comprising 58 races.

If Christie matches his current numbers in the RCP Average, he would have the fourth-best showing of any Republican in the state in the post-World War II era. Only Sen. Clifford Case in his 1972 re-election, Dwight Eisenhower in the 1956 presidential re-election, and Gov. Tom Kean Sr. in his 1985 re-election put up better numbers.

Read more on that here.

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