Joe Lhota (D) 26% Final Poll Results: NJ Gov, VA Gov, NYC Mayor by Quinnipiac University

Joe Lhota is the former chairman of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority and former deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani. With the NYC electorate looking for a change after 12 years of the business-friendly Bloomberg administration, his pro-corporate message is not resonating.

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Bill De Blasio (D) 65% Final Poll Results: NJ Gov, VA Gov, NYC Mayor by Quinnipiac University

Bill De Blasio, the current NYC Public Advocate, has run a left-wing campaign focused on “A Tale of 2 Cities” — one rich, one poor — during the Bloomberg Administration, a bifurcation he wants to end with policies that help the poor and middle class (and maybe hurt the upper class?).

De Blasio’s campaign really took off following an ad featuring his photogenic, afro-ed, biracial son Dante

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Ken Cuccinelli (R) 42% Final Poll Results: NJ Gov, VA Gov, NYC Mayor by Quinnipiac University

Ken Cuccinelli is the current Attorney General of Virginia. He is a hard-right Tea Partier, which has not meshed well with the increasingly Purple, almost Blue State politics of Virginia — a state that went for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Also known as “The Kooch” — an apt name to a person who is obsessed with control over women’s bodies and their rights.

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Terry McAuliffe (D) 49% Final Poll Results: NJ Gov, VA Gov, NYC Mayor by Quinnipiac University

Terry “The Mack” McAuliffe is a former major fundraiser for President Bill Clinton and now a “green” businessman in Vigrinia. He took some heat for his sleazy past, but as the more moderate of the 2 candidates in purple-state Virginia, he’s pulled away from his hard-right opponent Ken Cucinelli

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Barbara Buono (D) 33% Final Poll Results: NJ Gov, VA Gov, NYC Mayor by Quinnipiac University

Barbara Buono is a little-known New Jersey State Senator who is trailing Christie badly in the polls as well as in fundraising

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Chris Christie (R) 61% Final Poll Results: NJ Gov, VA Gov, NYC Mayor by Quinnipiac University

Chris Christie enjoys the advantage of being the incumbent in the race, as well as being a politician of enormous skill — pun intended

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I look forward to speaking with you in your country when the situation is resolved, and thank you for your efforts in upholding the international laws that protect us all. Open Letter to Germany by Edward Snowden

Snowden would likely speak to any German delegation in Russia, since Germany has an extradition treaty with the United States. Snowden is shrewdly building up opposition to the U.S. by courting even America’s closest allies like Germany

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These spying revelations have resulted in the proposal of many new laws and policies to address formerly concealed abuses of the public trust Open Letter to Germany by Edward Snowden

Indeed, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) — an author of the PATRIOT Act — and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have proposed the USA Freedom Act to curb some of the NSA’s worst violations of US citizens' privacy

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In the course of my service to these organizations, I believe I witnessed systemic violations of law by my government that created a moral duty to act. As a result of reporting these concerns, I have faced a severe and sustained campaign of persecution that forced me from my family and home. I am currently living in exile under a grant of temporary asylum in the Russian Federation in accordance with international law. I am heartened by the response to my act of political expression, in both the United States and beyond. Citizens around the world - as well as high officials - including in the United States - have judged the revelation of an unaccountable system of pervasive surveillance to be a public service. Open Letter to Germany by Edward Snowden

In a free society, one would figure that a whistleblower like Edward Snowden or Pfc. Bradley Manning, who risks his whole career to reveal deeply disturbing actions by the U.S. Government would be treated as a hero. And indeed, both are heroes in the international press and on the internet. Yet the U.S. Government treats both as traitors who revealed information harmful to national security. They prosecuted Bradley Manning and sentenced him to 35 years, and Snowden would surely face the same fate if he returned to the US. Hence, he lives in exile in Russia

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To whom it may concern, Open Letter to Germany by Edward Snowden

This letter is aimed at Chancellor Angela Merkel, and was delivered to her by Green Party member Hans-Christian Ströbele, who is heavily involved in the investigation into US international spying. Ströbele went to Moscow to talk to Edward Snowden in person and was given this printed letter

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