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Increasingly, Jews, Latinos, and Black males anchored their vote to Trump and GOP platform

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Democrat challenger Joe Biden has barely staved off the last minute barnstorming campaign of President Donald Trump, according to ongoing vote tabulations (Photos: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

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At press time a number of states had yet to declare a final 2020 election night vote count, leaving Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the driver’s seat with 264 prospective Electoral College votes and incumbent Donald Trump with a thin path to retaining his hold on the US Presidency. Trump held leads in 3 of the 4 remaining undeclared states but would seem to need to sweep all of them to eek past the former Obama regime VP. 

The Biden lead was nowhere near the Blue Wave predicted by numerous pollsters and CNN mouthpieces, leaving them dumbfounded. Similar to 2016, their prognostication models failed to reflect the reality that Trump has built a strong coalition among Blacks, Hispanics and Jews along with working class voters in many key states, many counting as among “the shy Trump voter”.  The average final poll lead of a 7 percent advantage for Biden was far beyond the 1.5 percent lead he actually earned, with Ohio, Texas, and Florida results embarrassing the pollsters.

The polls failed to detect the swing of Latino voters in the latter two states to Trump, and the down-ballot effect favouring GOP candidates left the Democrats far short of their goal of flipping the US Senate. Similarly, the ‘Cone of Silence’ imposed by tech platforms like Twitter and Facebook and news platforms like NBC on various Biden family financial ties to China and foreign countries, did not prevent voters in many states from catching on to the scandals and rejecting the Biden-Harris ticket. 

 The Florida ‘hanging chads’ dispute in the 2000 election race pale in comparison to the multiple legal challenges being launched by Trump in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan as questions about fair access for Republican poll watchers, alleged tabulation of ballots received after deadlines, and lower court rulings that changed mail-in voting procedures due to COVID-19 precautions piled up. Four of the late-count states are not required in law to finish vote counts until next week.

Georgia stopped counting for a second night to resolve questions about when some batches of ballots were received, and pro-Trump protesters demonstrated in Detroit and were ordered to clear the Maricopa Recorders office in Arizona, as tensions mounted among the electorate; a riot re-erupted in Portland with at least 11 arrested after the governor calling in the national guard to deal with Antifa.

Among Jewish voters, Trump proved to be the most effective Republican campaigner in 8 election cycles, achieving 30.5 percent of the Jewish vote, according to a Republican Jewish Coalition exit poll survey conducted by Basswood Research and McLaughlin & Associates. That was the best showing in 32 years, since George Bush became the 41st President in 1988 with the support of 35 percent. 

Other RJC survey results showed that along party lines, 78 percent of Republican Jews voted for Trump and 86 percent of Jewish Democrats voted for Biden, while Jewish Independents were almost evenly split, with 41 percent for Biden, while 38 percent went for Trump. Trump improved his popularity among the Jewish vote since in 2016, when he took 24 percent of the Jewish vote nationally. On the flip side, Biden failed to achieve the level of support of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in 2012 and 2016, respectively.

Within the religious streams of American Judaism, Orthodox Jews supported Trump by a 70 – 19 percent margin over Biden; 57 percent and 36 percent of Conservative Jews supported Biden and Trump, respectively; 80 percent of Reform Jews voted for Biden and 13 percent for Trump; and among those Jews who are not affiliated, Biden took 57 percent to 32 percent for Trump. 

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In Florida, Jewish voters appeared to be crucial to Trump capturing the state’s 29 electoral votes. Trump’s margin of 377,000 included about 150,000 Jewish votes, 41 percent of the community. His support was buttressed by the recent Middle East peace deals and a distrust, shared by the Cuban voter block in Florida, of the socialist tilt of the Democrat platform.

The RJC spent more than $5 million targeting Jewish voters in Florida and it is believed to have helped sink Democrat incumbent Donna Shalala in the 27th Congressional District, as Republican Maria Salazar avenged her previous loss to the former Clinton health and human services secretary.

Salazar was one of 11 women elected to Congress on the Republican ticket as they narrowed the Democrat lead to about 14 seats, resulting in what the Washington Post called “a period of reckoning Wednesday after another political debacle… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) faced a political letdown that, so far, resembled their failure in 2016 when Trump was elected.” At least 7 Congressional seats were flipped from Blue to Red on Tuesday night.

Democrat Kathy Manning can add “Congresswomen” to her resume of being a mom, attorney, community leader, and former head of the Jewish Federations of North America. (Photo kathymanningfornc.com)

One of the few Democrat Party breakthroughs in House races was the victory of Kathy Manning in North Carolina District 6 in Greensboro/Winston-Salem. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Michigan Law School and a former immigration attorney, she defeated a Republican newcomer after the district was redrawn by the courts, leading to the incumbent Mark Walker to walk away. Manning, 63, was the first woman to chair the Jewish Federations of North America from 2009-2012, and she was a founding chairwoman of Prizmah, the umbrella body for Jewish day schools.

Another Democrat Congressional win was in St. Louis, where a controversial BDS supporter, Cori Bush, won a seat to join victorious “Squad” returnees Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) as radical anti-Israel voices in the caucus. Bush was backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders in her campaign.

A Jewish woman won election in Washington state to retain her position on the state Supreme Court after being appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in January. Raquel Montoya-Lewis is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta Indian tribe, and a descendant of the Pueblo of Laguna Indian tribe through her father. Her mother is Jewish. A 1995 graduate of the University of Washington Law School, she served as chief judge for three Washington tribes and also holds a master’s degree in social work. 

In next week’s edition, based on the declared results at the time, TheJ.ca will look at the potential impact on Israel and Jewish affairs of either a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration or a continuation of the Trump/Mike Pence term in office. 

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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