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Harman beats back one-stater in primary

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June 10, 2010 | 8:48 am

U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) beat back a primary challenge from a candidate who advocates a binational solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Marcy Winograd got 41 percent of the vote in the Los Angeles-area district in Tuesday’s primary, improving on her 2008 performance by three percentage points.

Winograd’s campaign challenged Harman’s relatively conservative record as a Democrat; one of the issues Winograd used was Harman’s closeness to Israel.

Among other gambits, Winograd questioned the loyalties of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a liberal icon in southern California who backed Harman in her race. Winograd, Harman and Waxman are all Jewish.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) won 80 percent in her primary, handily defeating several challengers, including Mickey Kaus, a blogger who challenged Boxer on what he said was her liberal orthodoxies on unions and on immigration. Kaus and Boxer are Jewish.

Orly Taitz, the lawyer-dentist who gained national notoriety for her role in starting the “birther movement” which peddles the false notion that President Obama was not born in the United States, lost in her bid to win the Republican candidacy for secretary of state. Damon Dunn, the party-backed candidate, won three quarters of the vote.

Taitz, born in Moldova, lived for a time in Israel.

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