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.
Barton won 63 percent of the vote, well over the 51% he needed to avoid a run-off race against the second-place finisher. The 62-year-old Congressman, who entered the House of Representative in 1984, will face off against Democrat Kenneth Sanders on November 6.
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 2355 votes.
"It's really pleasing to listen to what my opponents have said, and watch the voters sift though the chaff and make the decision they've made," Barton said in his victory speech. "My record was the issue in the campaign, and I've got a really good conservative record and the voters agreed with me."