JTA’s Heilman: ‘Jewish Votes are Not a Factor in the Republican Primaries’

What effect have the Republican presidential primaries had on the American-Jewish vote? Heilman: Mostly, it’s a reminder of how little the Jewish vote matters in the Republican primary race. Most Jews live in so-called “blue states” — New York, California, etc. Even in key battleground states like Florida, Jews made up less than 1 percent of GOP primary voters. Simply put, Jewish votes are not a factor in the Republican primary race. Jewish money, however, is. The biggest factor was Sheldon Adelson’s $10 million to PACs supporting Newt Gingrich, but it doesn’t look like it has had much lasting effect. – NJJN

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