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J Street endorses 41 candidates

A dovish pro-Israel political action committee has endorsed 41 U.S. congressional candidates.

A week before the elections, J Street added 18 candidates to its list of 23, nearly doubling the number the PAC originally expected to back. Founder Jeremy Ben-Ami had predicted when J Street was established earlier this year that it would endorse about 20 candidates.

The group has raised more than $700,000 and spent nearly $500,000 on congressional races. The chief beneficiary has been Jeff Merkley, who is challenging the incumbent Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), with at least $91,000.

Among the 41 candidates, 10 are Jewish, including four added Tuesday: Ethan Berkowitz, challenging scandal-tinged U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Ark.), and Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).

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