Forward Thinking

Bad (Election) Year for the Jews

By Nathan Guttman

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Krysten Sinema

Jews had a bad year in terms of winning seats in Congress, falling from 39 members in both chambers in the 112th Congress to only 32 in the next one.

We pretty much predicted this outcome. But with the breakdown of the new Congress by religion, which was carried out by the Pew Forum it becomes clear that Jews fared worse than any other faith group in the 2012 elections.

“The biggest decline is among Jews,” the research states, falling from 7% of Congress before the elections to 6% in the upcoming Congress which will be sworn-in in January.

Catholics stand out as the religious groups making the greatest gains, with 161 members in the 113th Congress, compared to 156 in the 112th, a trend that may be linked to the increased clout of Latino voters.

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Krysten Sinema Wins Hot Arizona Primary

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Krysten Sinema

Arizona congressional hopeful Krysten Sinema prevailed last night in a closely-watched Democratic primary against two Jewish opponents.

With all precincts reporting, Sinema had 12,329 votes, or 42%, compared to 9,043, or 31% for David Schapira and 7,978, or 27% for Andrei Cherny.

As the Forward reported last month, Sinema battled claims from opponent Andrei Cherny throughout the primary race that she was anti-Israel.

“It’s this weird story that one of my opponents has decided he wants to tell,” Sinema said at the time. “So I had to spend a lot of time telling folks… the truth.”

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