With at least 9,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, Republican Randy Altschuler is still hoping for a narrow victory against Democrat Tim Bishop in New York’s politically fickle 1st Congressional District.
With a 3,400 vote lead in the machine tally, Bishop claimed victory on Wednesday. But Altschuler had yet to concede as of noon Thursday.
Voter fears of big government, deficit could lead to dramatic service cuts; confluence of issues clouds GA.
James D. Besser
A Jewish federation system that was beginning to recover from the deepest recession in postwar history could be facing a new perfect storm in the wake of this week’s congressional elections and a tidal wave of voter unhappiness about big government and a runaway federal deficit.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A historic Republican sweep of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday has propelled Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the minority whip, to the verge of becoming the highest-ranking Jew in U.S. political history.
"We are excited for Eric Cantor to become the next House Majority leader," said Matt Brooks, director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. "The highest ranking Jew to ever serve in the House!"
Despite some high-profile losses, it's been a great night for the Republicans and a great one for Rep. Eric Cantor.
Cantor's easy reelection victory and the GOP conquest of the House – according to several network projections – mean he's now in line to become Majority Leader, second only to Rep. John Boehner, who is expected to easily win the Speakers position.
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