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Exit polling: Obama gets 78 percent of Jewish vote

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Barack Obama received more than three-quarters of the Jewish vote, according to exit polling.

A preliminary exit poll found Obama receiving about 78 percent of the Jewish vote to just 22 percent for Republican John McCain. That’s more than the 74 percent Democrat John Kerry garnered in 2004, and near Al Gore’s 79 percent of the Jewish vote eight years ago when Gore had the first Jewish vice presidential nominee of a major party joining him on the ticket. The Jewish vote was 2 percent of the poll sample.

The 78 percent figure is a significant rise from the 60 percent range that Obama was hovering around in polls of Jewish voters over the summer.

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