By Alexandra Jaffe - 11/05/13 11:43 AM EST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Sunday he hopes people take lessons from his expected reelection on Tuesday, a nod to the fact he's created a campaign his supporters see as a model for Republicans to win nationally.
Though he never lagged in the polls, Christie's campaign says he ran as the underdog, reaching out to untapped voting groups like minorities and women, and campaigning in towns and counties where he won only single digit portions of the vote last election.
A landslide win, and Christie's formula for achieving it in a blue state, will make a compelling argument to GOP primary voters as he gears up for an expected presidential run in 2016.
Four polls out Monday gave Christie a hefty lead over Democrat state Sen. Barbara Buono, ranging from 19 percent to 36 percent among likely voters.
There remains the risk that Christie has set expectations too high — anything less than a high-double-digit margin would be a disappointment for the governor, his supporters privately admit.