Jewish Democrats seeking congressional seats fared better in Tuesday’s election than Jewish Republicans.
In New York’s 1st District in Suffolk County, incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop warded off a second challenge by Randy Altschuler, who would have been a second Jewish Republican in Congress. While their 2010 match was so close the results weren’t determined for weeks, Altschuler conceded just after midnight Wednesday, with the vote count at 52 percent to 48 percent, according to Newsday.
In New Jersey, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a Republican, failed to win a new congressional seat in his match against Democrat incumbent Bill Pascrell, Jr.
In Florida, Lois Frankel and Alan Grayson won congressional seats.
Frankel, 64, a former member of the Florida House and an ex-mayor of West Palm Beach, defeated Adam Hasner, a former majority leader in the Florida state Senate who also is Jewish, on Tuesday.
Grayson, 54, the fiery liberal who had been unseated in the Republican electoral surge in 2010, returned to the House by defeating Todd Long in a newly created Orlando-area district.
In Ohio, Treasurer Josh Mandel failed in his bid to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Republicans hoping to win control of the U.S. Senate had placed great hope in Mandel, a former Marine who is Jewish. Brown is a strong ally of organized labor and a pillar of the Democratic Party's progressive wing.
Virginia’s Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, remains the only Jewish Republican in Congress.