From USA Today:
Democrats won hotly contested governor’s races Tuesday in Virginia and New Jersey on an Election Day closely watched for hints of how the 2006 races might shape up.
The victory in Virginia by Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine over Republican Jerry Kilgore came despite an appearance by President Bush at a last-minute rally for Kilgore on Monday. The president had rolled up a 9-point victory in the Republican-leaning state in his re-election race last year, but his job-approval ratings there have since fallen into the low 40s.