Jewish Journal

Clinton carries Keystone Jews

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 23, 2008 | 5:18 pm

Hillary Clinton last night not only won the Pennsylvania primary, but carried the Jewish vote, 62 percent to Barack Obama’s 38 percent.

Her margin was similar among whites overall, winning 63 percent to 37 percent. Clinton’s performance among white Catholics was particularly strong, winning 70 percent to 30 percent.

“I think much of the Jewish vote voted for their comfort level, and they were more comfortable with Senator Clinton,” said Marcel Groen, a Clinton supporter and the head of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee, in an interview with JTA a day after the primary. “I just think generally from a Jewish perspective, Hillary Clinton was a known commodity.”

This news really shouldn’t be a surprise. When you talk about “comfort level,” Obama has had a lot of trouble convincing the Jewish community, and a few others, that he’s no sheepskin wolf.

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