Obama, Clinton split Jewish vote


Hillary Rodham Clinton scored a major victory among Jews in New York and New Jersey, but the Democratic primary picture was mixed in other Super Tuesday states.

According to the latest exit polls, Clinton won big among Jews in New York state, which she represents in the U.S. Senate, with 65 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). In New Jersey, Clinton defeated Obama, 63 percent to 37 percent.

Clinton also won in California, but by a much smaller margin, 48 percent to 44 percent.

Despite losing overall in Massachusetts, Obama won the Jewish vote in the Bay State, 52 percent to 48 percent for Clinton. In Connecticut, which Obama won, he took 61 percent of the Jewish vote to 38 percent for Clinton.

Jewish turnout was disproportionately high: Jews comprised 16 percent of the Democratic electorate in New York, 10 percent in Connecticut, 9 percent in New Jersey, 6 percent in Massachusetts and 5 percent in California.

The numbers were reported by MSNBC based on polling conducted by Edison/Mitofsky.

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