Category Archives: Jewish Vote

NY18 – Rep. Maloney Leads GOP’s Hayworth In Rematch Election

nan hayworthIncumbent Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney leads Republican former Representative Nan Hayworth by 8 points (50-42) in a rematch election between the two, according to a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Research Institute poll of likely voters in NY’s 18th congressional district.

In Orange County – home to half the voters and to a large Orthodox Jewish electorate from Kiryas Joel – Maloney leads Hayworth by 11 points. Read more »

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NY04 – Jewish Republican Bruce Blakeman Trails Kathleen Rice By 47 Points Among Jewish Voters

rice shuk 2Jewish Republican hopeful Bruce Blakeman trails his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice by 18 points (55-37) in the open seat to replace retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district, according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College Research poll of likely voters.

Blakeman, vying to replace former House majority leader Eric Cantor as the House’ only Jewish Republican, is still unknown to a majority – 52 percent – of voters in the district, while Rice is far better known. He is also unknown to 43 percent of Republican voters in the district. Read more »

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NY01 – Jewish Republican Hopeful Lee Zeldin Trails Rep. Bishop By 10 Points

Lee ZeldinJewish Republican congressional candidate, State Senator Lee Zeldin is trailing incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop by 10 points (51-41), according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena Research poll of likely voters in NY’s 1st congressional district.

Despite running in the past, and profiled as a possible Jewish Republican successor of former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a June primary, Zeldin is still unknown to some 32 percent of voters in the district. Read more »

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Hasidic Legislator Aron Wieder Concedes Assembly Race in Close Primary Election

Ahron WiederAfter an absentee ballots count left him no hope, Hasidic Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder conceded the election in the Democratic primaries for the 98th State Assembly district on Wednesday.

Despite a low-key campaign that was profiled in the New York Times, Wieder, majority leader of the Rockland County Legislature, lost the election to his primary opponent Elisa Tutini by a mere 61 votes, election officials said on Wednesday.

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ADL Praises Biden For Turning ‘Gaffe’ Into ‘Teachable Moment’

Biden OddThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday welcomed Vice President Joe Biden’s admission he erred in describing those who take financial advantage of American servicemen and women as “shylocks,” and praised the vice president for “turning a rhetorical gaffe into a teachable moment.”

After a brief phone conversation with Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, Mr. Biden issued a statement making clear that his reference to the stereotypical Jewish character in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” was “a poor choice of words.” Read more »

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Nachman Caller Launches Bid To Unseat Assemblyman Dov Hikind

IMG_9733Rabbi Nachman Caller, a real estate attorney and the Republican district leader of the 48th Assembly District, formally announced Wednesday his run for Assembly in a bid to unseat 32-year incumbent Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

In a personal letter distributed to voters in the district, as well as a print ad in all of the Jewish weeklies, Rabbi Caller writes, “With profound gratitude and great humility, I present myself as a candidate for the State Assembly in the 48th District, because I feel we can do more for the community in Albany.”

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NY11 – Poll: Grimm Leads Recchia By 4 Points, Recchia Leads 55-33 Among Jewish Voters

Grimm GrimEmbattled Republican congressman Michael Grimm is behind the 50 percent mark with just seven weeks away from Election Day, yet he still leads his Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia by four points, according to a new NY1/Capital NY/Siena Research poll published Tuesday evening.

Grimm, who was recently indicted voter tax fraud, leads Recchia 44-40 percent, with four percent for Green Party candidate Henry Bardel and 12 percent undecided, according to the poll of likely voters in the 11th congressional district. Grimm has a negative 39/49 favorability to Recchia’s 32/23 positives. Read more »

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Lawrence, NY – Dem Congressional Hopeful Kathleen Rice Attends ‘Shuk’ for Southern Israel

rice shuk 2On Sunday, Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice (NY-04) attended the ‘Shuk’ (marketplace) for Southern Israel at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in Lawrence.

The Shuk brought in vendors and merchants from Israel who are struggling because of the crisis in the south and the lack of tourism associated with it, which gave local residents the opportunity to support the Israeli economy from right here at home. Rice, who traveled to Israel in July, was in Tel Aviv when the FAA banned American flights from flying to Ben Gurion Airport. Read more »

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NYGov – Analysis: Cuomo Fared Best Among Orthodox Jewish Voters in Last Week’s Primary

vote cuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo’s outreach to Orthodox Jewish voters seems to have paid off, according to post primary analysis.

In a lengthy review of primary night rerun data by Capital New York, Stephen Romalewski, director of the Mapping Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, remarked that the governor performed better in election districts with significant Orthodox Jewish populations than in non-Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.

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NYGov – Cuomo Meets Agudath Israel Board Ahead Of Jewish Fundraiser in Flatbush

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was back in Brooklyn on Monday trying to secure a super majority in his reelection bid, by courting the Orthodox Jewish community’s support at the early stages of the general election.

The governor attended a fundraiser Monday evening at the home of Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s board of trustees, in Flatbush.

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Bill Clinton Bashes Netanyahu During Hillary’s Iowa Trip

clinton netanyahuFormer President Bill Clinton was caught in a hot-mic moment bashing Prime minister Netanyahu while he was picketing with his wife Hillary in Iowa on Sunday.

According to Haaretz’ Chemi Shalev, Bill Clinton was overheard clearly agreeing with an interlocutor from the audience who said that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is “not the man” who would make peace with the Palestinians and  concurring with the statement “If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace.” Read more »

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Dov Hikind Not Impressed With The Primary Day Voter Turnout In Borough Park

Are our vote2014-09-09 12.16.23s being counted? Are Orthodox Jews being taken for granted? How are politicians relying on the Orthodox Jewish electorate? – Are the questions asked ahead of the general election in the fall.

Tuesday’s primary day turnout was relatively low statewide – 9.7 percent. In the Borough Park/Midwood section of Brooklyn, some 2,500 people turned out to vote, compared to the around 15-20 thousand voters in the general election. Read more »

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At Jewish Fundraiser, Obama Vows To Defeat ISIS

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President Barack Obama on Friday received the backing of one of the most influential Jewish leaders in America, following his declaration of war against the brutal terrorist group ISIS.

Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and a leading supporter of Jewish political causes, hosted a $10K-32.4K fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Friday afternoon with the attendance of President Obama.

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Zogby: Romney Would Win Jewish Vote In Rematch Against Obama

mitt romney in israelAlmost two full years after losing badly in the 2012 election, and amid the buzz of a third run, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is rebounding in the polls. Most significantly, in a rematch against President Barack Obama or if the 2012 election were done again, Romney might have prevailed, a new poll shows.

According to a Zogby poll, Obama and Romney are tied with 40% each, 14% choosing an “other” candidate, and 6% not sure.

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Cruz To Angry Christian Audience: ‘If You Will Not Stand With Israel, Then I Will Not Stand With You’

Ted CruzTexas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage Wednesday night during a speech at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians after saying that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.”

Cruz, the keynote speaker at the gala for the recently-founded non-profit In Defense of Christians, began by saying that “tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.” Read more »

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JP Winners And Losers List Of The 2014 Statewide Primaries

20140909-064645.jpgAs per our tradition to monitor the winners and losers of every election cycle, we have complied a behind the scenes look at the real winners and losers of Tuesday’s primary elections.

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AD42 – Rodneyse Bichotte Wins Open Seat Of Retiring Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs

bichotteDistrict leader Rodneyse Bichotte prevailed on Tuesday in beating her main rival Rickie Tulloch in Brooklyn’s 42nd Assembly District (Flatbush) Bichotte garnered 51 percent to Tulloch’s 30 percent, in the open seat currently held by retiring Assemblywoman Rohda Jacobs. Another candidate, Michele Adolphe, garnered almost 15 percent.

Bichotte was supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer among others. Read more »

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SD20 – Jesse Hamilton Trounces Dorancy In Crown Heights Senate Race

jesse hamiltonCrown Heights Dirstict Leader Jesse Hamilton trounced his challenger Tuesday night in winning the Democratic primary for the open seat, previously held by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, in the 20th Senate District that includes the Jewish neighborhood in Crown Heights.

Hamilton garnered 64.6 percent of the vote, while his chief rival in the race, attorney and former Department of Education administrator Rubain Dorancy, garnered 30.3 percent of the vote, according to the NY Times. A third Democratic candidate, Guillermo Philpotts, received 5.1 percent of the vote. Read more »

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New York Governor Cuomo Brushes Off Liberal Challenge In Dem Primary

NYGov Astorino CuomoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been declared the winner in the New York Democratic primary where he faced a challenge from the left against underdog Zephyr Teachout.

At the same time, Gov. Cuomo’s running mate Kathy Hochul has also been declared the winner in the race for Lieutenant governor.

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#NYPrimary: LIVE Election Results

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      Governor Primaries (96% reporting)

D: √ Andrew Cuomo (I) 61.8% | Zephyr Teachout 34.5%

R: √ Rob Astorino Uncontested

      Lieutenant Governor Primaries (96% reporting) Read more »

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OJPC, FJCC In Final Plea To Orthodox Jewish Voters: Go Out To Vote

vote cuomoThe OJPC club in Borough Park and the FJCC in Flatbush are making a final plea to the Orthodox Jewish electorate to go out and vote in today’s Statewide Primary. Polls close at 9:00pm.

According to reports, turnout so far has been extremely light across the State making each and every vote important. Read more »

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SD19 – Photos: NY Senate Candidate Dell Smitherman Campaigning at Kosher Pizza Store on Nostrand Avenue

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State Senate candidate Dell Smitherman, disgraced and indicted Senator John Sampson’s Democratic challenger in the 19th Senate District, was spotted by one of our readers at Kosher pizza store on Nostrand Avenue, greeting voters and customers. Read more »

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California – Mitt Romney Backs Jewish Republican Congressional Candidate Elan Carr

elan carrFormer Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday endorsed Elan Carr, the Republican candidate to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman this fall.

Carr, a military veteran and son of Israeli immigrants, has attracted attention to his race, despite the long odds of his defeating state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) to succeed Waxman  in the Beverly Hills district. Read more »

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AD45 – Mailer Distributed To Black Voters Charges Akselrod Of Racism

akselrod poster racistThe campaign of Ben Akselrod claims incumbent Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz sent Monday night a mailer to 1,000 apartments in the Marlboro complex in the 45th Assembly District labeling him as a racist.

The mailer reads: “Malbaro houses agree: Say no to racist Ben Akslerod. Teo years ago, racist Assembly candidate Ben Akslerod called our home Malboro houses a ‘negrohood’ and now he’s trolling around our community begging for votes? Not a chance.”

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Primary Day: Grassroots GOTV Effort For Cuomo/Hochul In Borough Park Under Way

vote cuomoA massive get out the vote (GOTV) effort is currently under way in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park to reelect Governor Andrew Cuomo and elect his running mate Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primaries.

Posters were hung on every pole overnight urging voters to turn out to vote as a bloc vote for the Cuomo/Hochul ticket. A truck with a huge banner will drive around the neighborhood all day long to bring out the vote. Read more »

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