The Jewish Vote 2012


Jewish Numbers in Congress Set To Plunge

By Forward Staff

FORWARD PROJECTION: The number of Jews in the House and Senate is set to plummet. A Forward analysis projects just 31 Jews will be in the next Congress. SEE INTERACTIVE MAP.Read More


How Big Was Obama's Jewish Win?

By Nathan Guttman

Once the votes are counted, politicos turn to arguing over just how many Jews voted for the Democrats and why. Not surprisingly, 2012 is no different.Read More


Bad Night for the Jewish Echo Chamber

By Jay Michaelson

For the Jewish establishment, Barack Obama’s big win is a rude awakening. Conservatives who regard the president as an existential threat to Israel are scratching their heads.Read More


Obama Channels Bush's Strategy To Win

By Noam Neusner

President Obama’s victory wasn’t revelatory. He simply channeled George W. Bush’s timeworn strategy to win a second term in the White House.Read More


Great Expectations

FORWARD EDITORIAL: Perhaps the great national achievement was not electing the first African-American president. It was doing it again.Read More


Little Hope for Change Seen by Jews

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Jews were supposed to vote on Israel and Medicare. They didn’t. Despite palpable disillusionment, they backed President Obama with just a small dip in support from 2008.Read More


Las Vegas Jews Caught in Adelson's Shadow

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The long shadow of casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson looms over Las Vegas as the election nears. Despite economic woes, Israel is dominating the debate in Nevada.Read More


Sympathy for the Undecided

By Gal Beckerman

It’s open season on that much ridiculed species: the undecided voter. They actually deserve sympathy because the campaign has been so devoid of specifics.Read More


What Readers Think About the Election

By Jane Eisner

The results of the Forward’s polls are in, and the results may not surprise you. Which in itself may be a surprise.Read More





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