Israel will not have one of its own in the US Congress after Itamar Gelbman, who was raised in Herzliya, failed to force a run-off race against incumbent Joe Barton in the Republican primary of Texas's sixth Congressional district.
With 83 percent of precincts reporting, Barton had won 63 percent of the vote, well over the 51% he needed to avoid a run-off race against the second-place finisher. Barton will face off against a Democratic challenger on November 6.
According to preliminary results, Joe Chow, a businessman who was a local mayor, finished second with 20% of the vote. Accountant Frank Kuchar finished third with 11%. Gelbman rounded out the pack with six percent, winning less than 2000 votes.