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A referendum on Obama? Not really

From NBC's Mark Murray
MSNBC has been reporting on the early exit polls in New Jersey and Virginia. One of the questions: Was your vote in those gubernatorial contests to express support for President Obama or to express opposition? Or was he not a factor in your decision?

Well, according to the exits, 60% of New Jersey voters said Obama wasn't a factor in their decision. By comparison, 20% said they were expressing opposition, and 19% said they were expressing support. Obama's approval in the Garden State is 57% -- which matches the percentage he won in the state in last year's presidential election.

In Virginia, 55% of voters said Obama wasn't a factor, while 24% said they were expressing opposition, and 18% said they were expressing support. Obama's approval rating in the state, according to the exits, is 51% -- which is just two points off the percentage he won in Virginia last year.

*** UPDATE *** With a new wave of exit data in Virginia, Obama's approval is 52% there, and 57% in the state said that the president wasn't a factor in their decision.