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  • Breaking the 70 percent barrier

    First a poll of Floridians and now a national poll shows Barack Obama is making significant gains among Jews. A Gallup October tracking poll found Obama leading John McCain among registered Jewish voters by a margin of 74-22 percent. Obama’s share of the vote in the monthly Gallup survey has risen five points since September… More ▸

  • Schlepping with the pro-Obama schleppers

    JTA’s Ben Harris was on the ground in Florida for “The Great Schlep.” Here’s his video report: Here’s his companion article on the senior vote in Florida, and whether race will end up being as big a factor as some observers think: ‘Schlep’ puts focus on Jewish seniors, race issue By Benjamin Harris BOCA RATON,… More ▸

  • Trying to tie Jesse to Barack

    Jesse Jackson may have denied saying that Zionists control American foreign policy , but that didn’t stop the McCain campaign from using the remarks to attack what they called Barack Obama’ “poor” record on Israel. In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, McCain Florida Jewish outreach campaign co-chairs Rep. Adam Hasner and Rep…. More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Schlep talk, Coleman pulls negative ads

    Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) says Yom Kippur convinced him to withdraw all his negative ads in his race against Al Franken. The New York Times looks at Andy Martin, the “man behind the whispers about Obama” who has a trail of anti-Jewish comments in his past. Newsweek says Sarah Palin is costing John McCain Jewish… More ▸

  • Swing states target of Jewish outreach this weekend

    With less than a month to go before Election Day, Barack Obama’s campaign is sponsoring Jewish outreach events in three important swing states this weekend – and that doesn’t even include “The Great Schlep.” At noon at a Philadelphia Jewish community center, Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Jan… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Silverman talks about the “schlep,” new ads and more

    Sarah Silverman talks to the New York Times about her video for “The Great Schlep.” The National Jewish Democratic Council’s new advertisement deals with energy independence, while the Republican Jewish Coalition’s latest is about Obama’s statement that he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “without preconditions.” Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff reveals that Barack Obama’s campaign… More ▸