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Eric Cantor is in for another two years of lighting the Republican congressional menorah on his own.
Randy Altschuler, who represented the last chance for getting another Jewish Republican elected, conceded Wednesday to incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop.
It’s that time of year again, when Jewish politicos go latke-hopping from one Hanukkah event to another, making sure to be seen at the right menorah-lighting events.
And there are many to choose from in the nation’s capital.
A proud and joyous freshman Class of 2010 made its way to Washington on Sunday for the traditional new congressmen orientation. They got to see the chambers, have their pictures taken and get a sense of the place that will be their temporary home, beginning January.
Among the newcomers was Randy Altschuler, the Jewish Republican who ran in New York’s 1st congressional district. The race in this district is not over yet and votes are still being counted, but Altschuler decided not to wait.
Race to Watch: Illinois congressional candidates Bob Dold and Dan Seals faced off in a debate Wednesday night, answering questions about Social Security and the economy, and taking jabs at each other the whole way through. Republican Dold criticized Democrat Seals for supporting tax increases and changing his stance on the Bush tax cuts. Seals retorted with an accusation that Dold did not pay payroll taxes for campaign workers. Dold pointed out that the campaign workers were independent contractors who pay their own taxes under federal law, adding “You’re an independent contractor, don’t you know you have to pay taxes on that?” (Daily Herald)
They Come In Threes: Incumbent Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is Jewish, has a good track record when it comes to winning. She’s raised a lot of money, the South Florida demographics are in her favor and she usually wins with more than two-thirds of the vote. But that’s not stopping her opponents. Republican Karen Harrington criticizes Wasserman Schultz for wanting to prolong tax cuts to families earning less than $250,000 while increasing them for those making more. And two Jewish men – one socialist, one habitual candidate – have thrown their hats in the ring as well. (Sun Sentinel)
-Post-Primary Preferences: For weeks, registered voters have stated their preference for Republicans on a generic congressional ballot. But a new Gallup poll shows the two major parties now effectively tied with Democrats winning 46% and Republicans 45%. (Gallup)
-Leveling California? Though other recent polls have given a slight lead to Republican Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive trying to unseat California Senator Barbara Boxer, a Public Policy Polling survey) of 630 likely voters puts Boxer eight points ahead. (Public Policy Polling)