In his concession speech, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli argued that the race "came down to the wire because of Obamacare."
"We said this race was a referendum on Obamacare," said Cuccinelli. "And although I lost you sent a message to [Obama] that Obamacare is a failure"
"This has been a long journey for my family," he added. "And I don't mean this race, I mean the whole battle. The battle goes on."
"Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city," Bill de Blasio told a jubilant crowd of supporters. "The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it, together, as one city."
De Blasio addressed supported of Republican Joe Lhota directly. "I promise I won't stop working to earn your trust," he said.
De Blasio returned to the 'tale of two cities', a running theme during his campaign, calling inequality in New York the "defining challenge of our time"
"New York is the brightest embodiment of the idea behind American greatness. It doesn't matter where you were born, what you look like, what your religion is or who you love," said de Blasio
New York's greatness isn't accidental, argued de Blasio, but 'neither is it inevitable.'
"We are asking those who have done very well to ensure that every child has the same opportunity to do just as well as they have," said de Blasio. "That's how we all rise together."
Former medical center chief Mike Duggan has been elected mayor of Detroit, defeating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Duggan will take over in January from Mayor Dave Bing, who didn't seek re-election.
A federal judge is overseeing a trial that will determine if Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr in July made Detroit the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. He's said the city has at least $18 billion in debt.
Supporters said on Tuesday that a Colorado measure to levy taxes on newly legalized sales of recreational marijuana and earmark the first $40 million in revenue for public schools had been approved by voters.
"We are grateful voters approved funding that will allow for a strong regulatory environment, just like liquor is regulated. We will do everything in our power to make sure kids don't smoke pot and that we don't have people driving who are high," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in a statement.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is testifying before the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday morning about Obamacare's problematic rollout.
During his opening statements Sen. Hatch told Sebelius she had to have several indications before Oct. 1 that there were problems with the Affordable Care Act's website, adding that it was 'inexcusable' committee members weren't told.
Sen. Hatch has asked Sebelius for enrollment numbers, a popular question among legislators.
Sebelius: 'We will have enrollment numbers out next week.'
Sebelius: 'There is no excuse for what has been a miserable five weeks.'
She added that things are getting better every day and she is committed to fixing HealthCare.gov's problems.
Sen. Crapo is asking Sebelius if it's time for a 'time out,' saying the law isn't working as promised. Sebelius said she respectfully disagrees.
"Actually Senator, in the marketplace the rates have come in about 16 percent lower than what the Congressional Budget Office projected those rates to be," Sebelius said in response to Crapo's questioning about the law not working as promised.
Sen. Nelson wants to know what legal authority the administration has to make sure contractors will be held to account for the faulty website.
Sebelius says they have paid out a portion of the money for the website that is 'clearly' not up and running the way she would like. 'It is not there yet,' and that is a commitment.
Nelson said he wants Sebelius to hold them to account. "I want you to burn their fingers and make them pay," he said.
During Wednesday's questioning Sebelius admits the web features of the state markets are 'certainly running more smoothly' than the federal website.
Sen. Enzi, continuing the line of questioning about Pres. Obama's 'if you like it you can keep it' promise, wants to know what the administration is doing to help people who have had their plans canceled.
Sebelius is repeating her answer about the grandfather clause. If plans in this market changed since 2010, then insurers have been on notice since 2010 they need to come into compliance with the protections that are in the law, Sebelius added.