In Jewish neighborhoods, little passion for the candidates.
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In Forest Hills, a middle-class Queens neighborhood with a large population of émigré Jews from the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, turnout for the primary Tuesday was light. Few members of the Russian-speaking community take part in elections, especially primaries like this week’s, when they see few issues that seem to directly to affect their interests. But they are likely to vote in greater numbers in November’s general election, said a Russian-speaking poll-watcher who has close connections to the immigrant community.
In increasingly conservative Hamilton County, Jewish voters weighing issues on eve of election.
Cincinnati — It may be the battleground county in the battleground state.
In the bellwether state of Ohio (no Republican president has ever won the White House without winning Ohio’s 18 electoral votes), there are said to be seven swing counties to watch. Hamilton County here is the largest, and according to many the most critical. It went for Republican George W. Bush in 2004 and Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.
On the eve of the first of three presidential debates, “American Jews are likely to vote to re-elect President [Barack] Obama by a margin of better than two to one over Gov. Mitt Romney.” That’s the finding of an American Jewish Committee national survey, which like it or not should come as no surprise.
Jews in this country have been voting heavily Democrat for the last eight decades in presidential elections, reflecting their liberal views on a wide range of issues. Four years ago, Obama received about 78 percent of the Jewish vote.
Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice-presidential running mate was either a political game changer that will galvanize the Republican base and shift the focus of this year’s election to economic policy — or an act of desperation by a presumptive presidential nominee who has yet to connect with average voters.
Concerns over social safety net in heavily Jewish swing states, as VP nominee’s budget plan scrutinized.
Stewart Ain and Adam Dickter
Shortly after Gov. Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket last weekend, the two appeared together on “60 Minutes” and tried to ease concern about the future of Medicare.
They might as well have been speaking directly to Jewish seniors in the crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, each with large elderly populations.
Every now and then we hear stories about young people drinking at synagogue celebrations. Many synagogues now bar youngsters from drinking even wine – and with good cause. An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized recently in serious condition after drinking alcohol at his synagogue in Bnei Brak, according to The Times of Israel.
A new Gallop poll shows President Barack Obama winning 64 percent of the Jewish vote in November’s election, a number that would represent a 24-year low in the Jewish vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.
By comparison, Jewish support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the Gallop poll is at 29 percent, which would be a new high among Republican candidates.
The withdrawal of Rick Santorum from the Republican presidential contest was announced in a hastily called 12-minute speech Tuesday in which the former Pennsylvania senator gracefully exited the race while tears filled the eyes of his wife and aides.