With the government shutdown drama playing out in Washington, Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan faced off against Democrats with surprising results.
Lhota had wanted to use his first debate with Democrat Bill de Blasio to talk about the issues, but instead spent most of his time insisting he was different from national Republicans.
Meanwhile, Lonegan lost his Senate bid against Cory Booker. But the Tea Party activist and former mayor of Bogota, N.J., came within 10 points of Booker, surprising observers who had predicted a landslide.
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