US election results: As it happened

Key points

  • Voters have gone to the polls in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama's re-election last year
  • New Jersey voters re-elected Republican Governor Chris Christie, while New York City voters chose Democrat Bill de Blasio as the next mayor
  • Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been elected the next governor of Virginia
  • All times Eastern US (GMT-5)

Live text


  • Debbie Siegelbaum 
  • Daniel Nasaw 

Last updated 6 November 2013


Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of tonight's results from the US elections. Voters in New York City pick a new mayor, and we will also follow high-profile governors races in New Jersey and Virginia.


The polls in Virginia have closed. There, voters are picking a new governor. Democrat Terry McAuliffe faces Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general.


New Jersey polls close in just under an hour, at 20:00. There, incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie faces a challenge from Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono.


New York City voters will choose a successor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent who was first elected in 2001. Polls close there at 21:00, just under two hours away.


Mark Mardell, BBC North America editor

Talking to voters near Richmond, Virginia, it's clear that last month's partial government shutdown and concerns about women's rights put some off Republican candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli. But equally there were those who backed his stand and wanted the Republican Party to move to the right.


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie exited a polling station in Mendham Township, New Jersey on 5 November 2013

Republican Governor Christie voted in New Jersey. A big win on Tuesday in his Democratic-leaning state could enable him to make the case to voters in the 2016 Republican nomination fight that he can appeal across party lines.


Mark Mardell, BBC North America editor

I'm in Richmond, the Virginia state capital. Ken Cuccinelli was seen wandering through the Marriott hotel's ballroom about an hour ago, where Republicans will gather to hear the results. If they lose, it won't exactly send shockwaves, but it might prompt some soul-searching about the direction of the party and why it chose a Tea Party-backed social conservative. If he wins, there will be sighs of relief from conservatives.


Mark Mardell, BBC North America editor

The head of the Virginia Republican Party is making a speech accusing Democrats of running a dirty campaign, hiding from debate and using a complicit media. Their candidates are decent men who love their families, the country and their God, but they've been demonised. This is not exactly a sign of optimism.


New York Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio posed with his family after voting at a Brooklyn public library branch on 5 November 2013

New York Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (left) posed with his family after voting at a Brooklyn library. Mr de Blasio, the city's public advocate, is seen as one of the most liberal candidates for mayor in decades.


Kim Gittleson, SeaTac, Washington

Here in the tiny airport town of SeaTac in the shadow of Seattle, Washington, a big battle is playing out. Proposition 1 would raise the minimum wage to $15 (£9.35) here - what proponents say is a "living wage".