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The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BYNATHANGUTTMAN WASH­ING­TON

THE DEMO­CRATIC race for the party’s nom­i­na­tion is no closer to a re­sult de­spite Hil­lary Clin­ton’s win in Tues­day’s pri­mary elec­tions in the state of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Ac­cord­ing to exit polls, Mrs Clin­ton ben­e­fited more than Barack Obama from ef­forts to lobby the lo­cal com­mu­nity, with 55 per cent of Jewish vot­ers sup­port­ing her and only 45 per cent giv­ing their vote to Mr Obama.

Both con­tenders had made a spe­cial ef­fort to reach out to Jewish vot­ers in Penn­syl­va­nia. They each held sep­a­rate meet­ings with Jewish lead­ers, spoke to Jewish me­dia out­lets and sent Jewish sur­ro­gates to work the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The Jewish vot­ers made up seven per cent of Penn­syl­va­nia’s par­tic­i­pants in the Demo­cratic pri­mary.

With Mrs Clin­ton win­ning the state by a 10 per cent mar­gin, calls to end the race early and de­clare Mr Obama the can­di­date faded.

Both can­di­dates had put mil­lions of dol­lars in to the Penn­syl­va­nia cam­paign, view­ing this di­verse state as a make-or-break stop in Mrs Clin­ton’s road to the White House.

But Mr Obama did not suc­ceed in push­ing his ri­val out of the race and Mrs Clin­ton did not win by a suf­fi­ciently big mar­gin to change the dele-- gate count, in which she still lags.

With the Penn­syl­va­nia pri­mary over, all ma­jor Jewish con­cen­tra­tions in the US have now voted. Mrs Clin­ton won the key Jewish pop­u­la­tions of New York and New Jer­sey, though Mr Obama fared well with Jews in Cal­i­for­nia and Con­necti­cut.

Florida, one of the states with the big­gest Jewish pop­u­la­tion, is not counted in the pri­mary process be­cause of party rules.

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