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.
Apparently dressing up in Nazi uniforms isn't a big political draw in Ohio.
News outlets say Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat, has defeated GOP challenger Rich Iott, a Tea Party -backed who attracted national attention – all of it unwanted – when The Atlantic revealed he had participated in Nazi reenactments.
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