Yacimovich vs. Herzog Labor race 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
A sleepy Labor leadership race that failed to attract attention will
come to a close Thursday when 55,113 party members will be eligible to
vote in 125 polling stations nationwide.
As of 9:30 pm, voter turnout was at 52%.
The polls were scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
the night before the primary, none of the three nightly news broadcasts
reported in their first half hour Wednesday on the race to lead the
party that dominated Israeli politics in the state’s first three
The votes will be counted in Holon and will stream into
Tel Aviv’s Beit Sokolow starting at 11 p.m. Final results will be
available in the middle of the night, when the winner is expected to
come to Beit Sokolow to deliver a victory speech.
employ private investigators to keep the election clean. The two
candidates, MKs Shelly Yacimovich and Isaac Herzog, spent Wednesday
calling their supporters and encouraging them to come out to vote.
will make history,” Yacimovich told reporters at her campaign
headquarters in Tel Aviv. “For the first time in many years, Labor will
elect the same leader for a second term.
We have a strong lead, but the race starts zero-zero and the results are decided in the ballot box.”
has replaced its leader six times since 2000. If Yacimovich emerges
victorious, she will be the first Labor head to win back-to-back
leadership races since current President Shimon Peres in the 1980s.
told reporters at his campaign’s Tel Aviv headquarters that Labor
needed a leader who could bring stability to the party and build it as
an alternative to the Likud that could lead the Center-Left bloc back to
“Unlike the stars that shot through Labor’s skies and
disappeared as if they never existed, I am not a meteor and not a
‘talent’ but rather an experienced leader,” Herzog said.
“Tomorrow night Labor will have a new chairman."