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Yesterday’s off-year election results offer a mixed picture of the national mood. In a close race for governor of Virginia, voters elected Democrat Terry McAuliffe. In the final days of the race, his Republican opponent had aligned his campaign with broad concerns about the Affordable Care Act. In New Jersey, Republican incumbent Chris Christie handily defeated his Democratic challenger despite a strong voter preference for President Barack Obama in the 2012. New York City voters chose a liberal, Bill de Blasio, for their next mayor, a candidate who campaigned on promises to raise taxes on the rich. Diane and her guests discuss election results from around the country and their possible national implications.
Changing public attitudes have led to a decline in U.S. soda sales. But health expert Marion Nestle believes many people still consume unhealthy amounts of sugary drinks. She argues beverage companies are spending millions on research that misleads consumers.