Some more Jewish winners and losers: In New York, Jewish Republican Randy Altschuler lost his bid to unseat Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.). In Hawaii, Republican former Gov. Linda Lingle lost her Senate bid. In Illinois, Jewish Democrat Brad Schneider unseated Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.). And in Rhode Island, Jewish Democratic Rep. David Cicilline held on to his seat.
The election is being called for Obama, and they are celebrating in Chicago.
Democrat Lois Frankel has beaten Republican Adam Hasner for a Florida congressional seat.
According to a national exit poll, 70 percent of Jewish voters went for Obama and 30 percent for Romney. (UPDATE: This stat keeps changing: As of 1:45 a.m., it’s at 71-29 and defined as "white Jewish.")
Democrat Tammy Duckworth has unseated Rep. Joe Walsh in Illinois, according to NBC. Walsh, a Tea Party favorite, penned an Op-Ed arguing against a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calling on Israel to retain control of the West Bank.
David Axelrod is being interviewed on NBC, and he’s smiling.
Democrat Alan Grayson in Fla. wins his congressional race in Florida; Republican Rabbi Shmuley Boteach loses to Rep. Bill Pascrell in N.J., according to Politico.
Fox just called New Hampshire for Obama.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) held onto his seat, defeating Republican State Treasurer (and Jewish former Marine) Josh Mandel.
NBC just called Wisconsin for Obama.
No surprise here: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is re-elected.
NBC just called Pennsylvania for Obama.
According to an exit poll, Florida Jews went 70% for Obama and 30% for Romney. Jews were 5 percent of voters.
Of course, exit polls should be taken with a grain of salt, especially when measuring small demographics. If correct though, that’s less than Obama got in 2008, but doesn’t reflect as deep of inroads as Republicans may have been hoping to make. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin tweets: “If FLA exit poll of Jewish vote reflects national total, it’s the best GOP result since 1988.”
— Daniel Treiman