Jewish Vote Not Enough for Democrats

Representative-Elect Lee Zeldin (R NY-1)

Representative-Elect Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1).

Republicans took control of the Senate and tightened their control over the House of Representatives on election day despite that Democrats still maintained the support of a large majority of the Jewish community.

65% of Jewish voters voted for the Democratic candidate for Congress, while 33% voted for the Republican and 2% voted for a third-party or independent candidate. In all, Jews represented 3% of the electorate even though they only represent 2% of the general population.

With the defeat of Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the Republican primary last June, it appeared that no Jewish Republicans would be on Capital Hill by now. However, Lee Zeldin was elected to succeed Democratic congressman Tim Bishop and represent New York’s 1st congressional district (Eastern Long Island) as the one Jewish Republican in the 114th U.S. Congress.

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