Forward Thinking

Obama Takes PA, GOP Can't Close Southern Swings Early As Hoped

By J.J. Goldberg

NBC projects Obama to win PA.

NBC’s Chuck Todd says it’s significant that the Southern swing states are still too close to call. Romney was hoping to nail down FL, NC & VA early, and he hasn’t.

Sen. Bob Casey (D) wins reelection in his tough race in PA.

AZ Senate race (Richard Carmona D vs. Jeff Flake R) too close to call - Dems have a chance of picking up Jon Kyl’s GOP seat.

State Rep. Lois Frankel (D) in FL CD 22 House race in Broward County, FL, apparently dashing Adam Hasner’s hopes of becoming the second Jewish Republican in the House.

Mich (16 electoral votes) called for Obama.

Wis Colo NH Oh Pa NC all too close to call, but CNN exit polls show Obama leading in PA.

NBC projects the GOP to keep control of the House of Representatives.

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31 Jews in Congress

By Nathan Guttman

courtesy of brad sherman
Rep. Brad Sherman

As the election enters its final stretch, the Forward is making some final projections for our congressional scorecard based on the latest polling results.

We now predict at least 31 Jews — 10 in the Senate and 21 in the House of Representatives — will serve in the next Congress, a slight rise from the initial projection of 30.

But the biggest shift doesn’t change the numbers either way. We are now projecting that Rep. Brad Sherman will likely win his intramural fight with fellow Los Angeles Jewish Democratic Rep. Howard Berman.

The race, which ranked as one of the nastiest in the nation, has been seen as close from the beginning when they were thrown together to fight for one seat due to redistricting in the suburban San Fernando Valley. The two even nearly got into a physical altercation during debate. Berman had the backing of Democratic heavyweights, while Sherman held on to a strong ground operation.

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Conservative Florida Jew Switches to House Bid

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Adam Hasner

It looks like Adam Hasner won’t end the drought of Republican Jews in the U.S. Senate.

The onetime Florida Republican hopeful, whose troubled Senate campaign the Forward profiled last week, has dropped out of the race against U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, son of the former Senator Connie Mack III.

But Hasner hasn’t given up on his hope for a ticket to D.C., and has jumped right into the race for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, located in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the heart of Jewish south Florida.

His only declared opponent in the race so far is Democrat Lois Frankel, a former mayor of West Palm Beach. The two could meet in the midst of a presidential election in which both Republicans and Democrats have placed heavy emphasis on Florida’s Jewish vote.

Hasner could benefit from his strong ties to Republican Jewish donors nationwide. Hasner’s wife is the former executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Florida branch, and Hasner traveled extensively outside Florida to raise money from RJC donors for his Senate race.

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