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By SHMUEL ROSNER
November 14, 2010 21:25
4 minute read.
A VOTER scratches his head as he votes in Vermont

US voter scratches head 311. (photo credit: AP)

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12:59: Two more radio interviews before I can go to sleep - I guess Colorado will have to wait for tomorrow.

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11:49: Congress 2010 will have about 10 less Jewish legislators. Some races still to be decided.

11:39: Reid stays, no majority leader Schumer.

11:36: In IL-10 - very much a Jewish district - the Republican Dold defeated Democrat Seals (my interview with Seals from three days ago is here)

11:33: And Kirk is the new Obama.

11:22: Networks projecting PA will be Republican. Sestak loses, Toomey wins.

11:08: Disappointingly, exit polls do not tell us how the Jews of Illinois have voted.

11:07: In case you were worried, dressing in Nazi uniform doesn't get you into Congress. Lott is out.

10:24: But many Jewish legislators will go back to Washington (House): Ackerman, Berkley, Berman, Eric Cantor (the sole Republican), Cohen (D-Tenn.), Davis, Deutch, Engel, Filner, Frank, Harman, Steve Israel, Sander Levin, Lowey, Nadler, Polis, Rothman, Schakowsky, Schwartz, Schiff, Sherman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Waxman, Weiner. We mentioned Yarmuth earlier.

10:19: Altschuler, hoping to be the second Jewish Republican in the House, is trailing his opponent.

10:15: Another Jewish Dem on the way out: Steve Kagen (Wis)

10:11: PA Senate - Toomey now has the edge.

9:55: It is now official: CNN says Feingold is down.

9:11: From 538: Joe Sestak's numbers in Pennsylvania look somewhat more robust. He's holding his own in the western portion of the state, the Philadelphia suburbs, and performing well in the industrial areas in the eastern portion of the state. He has accumulated a 100,000-vote advantage so far in Philadelphia. This race ought to worry Republicans.

8:31: Connecticut now has 2 Jewish Senators. But Wisconsin might have just one.

8:05: CNN poll: Feingold vs. Johnson much closer than expected - 51%-49%.

8:00: It is pretty safe to predict that Joel Pollak will be losing in the Jew vs. Jew IL-9 race (my report on this race is here).

7:50: Richard Blumenthal, Jewish, Connecticut, Senate, beats Linda McMahon.

7:16: Alan Grayson is probably on the way out. At this hour - he has only 37%. John Yarmuth, also Jewish (KY-3), also Democrat, survives.

7:03: CNN poll: Toomey leading Sestak (PA Senate) 51% to 49%. This is  one race in which Israel had played the most visible role.

5:48: Indiana 2nd can be followed here.

5:39: "Regardless of who wins the US legislative elections, American-led peace efforts in the Middle East will continue, US State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley said Tuesday" - story is here. "So this is a significant national interest and I would not expect any electoral results to have an impact on that", Crowly had said. What else would one expect him to say?

5:35: Exit polls: 40% of voters want to send Obama a message.

5:26: JTA has the Jewish list of possible losers for this evening:

Lawmakers under threat Tuesday in a midterm election cycle that has seen a conservative/Republican resurgence include U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Reps. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), John Adler (D-N.J.)  and Steve Kagen (D-Wis.).


Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) appears set to lose his bid to win New Hampshire's open U.S. Senate seat, as does Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher , a Democrat.




Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) looks like she has beaten back a challenge from Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard.


Some of these names are on my previously posted "5 Jewish races to watch" list. 5:15pm: The Fix and others all asserting that IN-2 will be an indicative race and are awaiting first results from Indiana where polls close early:

Indiana's 2nd, 8th and 9th districts: These three House races will tell us what kind of night it will be for Democrats. The 8th District open seat is a certain pickup for Republicans, and the 9th District fight between Rep. Baron Hill (D) and lawyer Todd Young (R) is a jump ball. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) is favored in the South Bend-based 2nd District. If Democrats lose just one of those three, they can hold the House. Lose two and their majority is probably gone. Lose all three, and Republicans will gain upward of 60 seats.

While we're all waiting, you can go back and read my story from 5 days ago after visiting Kokomo, Indiana - that's Indiana's second district. The story is here.

5:10pm (all times CT): Here's one reading recommendation: The Senate Vanity Index by Slate. Since four of Senate's 10 biggest egos are leaving the Hill, time is running out for those wanting to read it while it is still a viable list.

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