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Jewish PAC veers Democratic for Illinois seat

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An influential Jewish political action committee switched its endorsement in a Chicago-area congressional race to a Democrat for the first time in years.

The Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs, an influential Chicago-area PAC, on Thursday endorsed Dan Seals as a candidate in a suburban congressional district with a substantial Jewish presence.

JACPAC for years had endorsed U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), a moderate Republican in Illinois’ 10th district with a strong pro-Israel record. But this time around Kirk is the Republican nominee for the open Senate seat once occupied by President Obama.

JACPAC’s signature issues are support for Israel, church-state separation and reproductive choice.

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