Palm Beach Post Reports: Former South Florida Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler of Boca Raton, now president of the Washington-based S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, says GOP claims that many Jews who voted for President Obama last time will not vote him this time due to his rocky relations with Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other missteps on Israel won’t come true.
But Wexler, who attended the third and last presidential debate Monday night at Lynn University, also claimed that exit poll numbers cited by the media after the 2008 election inflated Obama’s success with Florida Jews. The exit polls said Obama won 78 percent of that vote, while Wexler said he thought it was “more like 73 to 74 percent.”
“I think he’ll do low 70s again this time,” Wexler said.
In other words, Obama will not have to win as many Jewish votes in the state as some people think will need in order to match his performance last time.
Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein said he had never heard those lower numbers before.
“The number that’s always been out there was 78 percent,” Dinerstein said.