Netanyahu wins Likud party primary


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won the Likud party primary.

Some 55 percent of the Likud Party’s 96,000 members went to the polls on Wednesday, a record low turnout.

Former Deputy Minister of Defense Danny Danon conceded the race for party head shortly after the close of polls on Wednesday evening.

In addition to choosing the party leader, party primaries determine the candidate list for upcoming national elections on March 17. The rest of the results will be announced Friday.

Likud members voted in 600 sites throughout the country to fill 38 available slots, though the party likely will garner fewer seats. Some 70 candidates vied for the spots.

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