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U.S. citizens are going to the polls today (Tuesday November 4) to cast their ballots in midterm elections for Congress, with candidates being chosen in races where seats in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and a number of gubernatorial races are up for grabs.

Thanks to Democratic President Barack Obama and probably the most dominant GOP Congress since 1929, it is likely that when the dust settles, America will wake up to find the first Republican majority in the Senate in years. Analysts are predicting that the House could see its largest Republican majority, in fact, in 65 years.

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In New York State, however, incumbent Governor Andrew M. Cuomo — who is endorsed by The Jewish Press print edition — is not likely to lose his position.

A Democrat like his father, former Governor Mario M. Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo appears likely to win today’s re-election by a comfortable margin. The 56-year-old governor headed a bipartisan delegation this summer to show solidarity in a 3-day visit to Israel during the counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

A former housing secretary during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, Cuomo is seen as a shoo-in over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the executive of Westchester County due to his efforts to cap property taxes and help New Yorkers recover from Hurricane Sandy. People interviewed by The New York Times also cited his strong support on equal wages for women and similar issues in its own pre-election coverage.

Also in New York, general state elections are taking place as well, with residents casting their ballots for representatives to the State Assembly, the State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

In Maryland, the race for governor that originally was considered an easy win for Democrats now looks to be a toss-up.

Democratic candidate Anthony G. Brown, currently the state’s Lieutenant Governor, has had a difficult time in the past month convincing voters his term will look different from that of his boss, Governor Martin O’Malley. With Maryland facing hard times and a struggling economy, people along the Chesapeake Bay are looking for the “change” long promised by another man of color in his first term of office, incumbent Democrat President Barack H. Obama.

Republican candidate Larry Hogan has attacked O’Malley’s tax increases, slammed the fading finances and says he can bring more jobs to the state. He says, simply, that Marylanders just ‘can do better’ and he can make that happen.

The message has been heard and the race is now a tight one, with the two men showing only a single-digit difference between them in the polls as they enter Election Day.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

14 COMMENTS

  1. [Surak] Shemaya, you’re meshugge. Are you going to vote for 0bama’s party just to spite xtians?

    Shame on the Jewish Press for endorsing any Dems. In this horrific political environment, with the most anti-Semitic president in US history, after the anti-Semitic 2012 Dem Natl. Convention, the Dems must be thoroughly repudiated by every decent person.

  2. [Surak] Shemaya, you're meshugge. Are you going to vote for 0bama's party just to spite xtians?

    Shame on the Jewish Press for endorsing any Dems. In this horrific political environment, with the most anti-Semitic president in US history, after the anti-Semitic 2012 Dem Natl. Convention, the Dems must be thoroughly repudiated by every decent person.

  3. I am an American and a lifelong Democrat. The only two Republicans I voted for before Obama’s first term were Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, who believe it or not, ran as a republican against the democratic candidate the first time. I have seen the light. I voted for Romney the second time and will never vote for a Democrat for elective office again. I don’t trust them. Look at Joe Biden too. A so called devoted friend of Israel who has been deafening silent during Obamas was on Jews and Israel. Yes Obama’s message has effected me. However, I’m in a district minority. Secular Jews (I am one) would still vote for Obama if he could run for a third term. We are a self hating people and liberal in a perverted sense. The young Jews who are secular support the Palestinian cause and DBS. Well, I am more mature and am not naive. I see what is happening in America and the rise of antisemitism to pre Holocaust levels and I am sickened and Obama and his Jew and Israel hate mania is a big part of the problem.

  4. I am an American and a lifelong Democrat. The only two Republicans I voted for before Obama's first term were Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, who believe it or not, ran as a republican against the democratic candidate the first time. I have seen the light. I voted for Romney the second time and will never vote for a Democrat for elective office again. I don't trust them. Look at Joe Biden too. A so called devoted friend of Israel who has been deafening silent during Obamas was on Jews and Israel. Yes Obama's message has effected me. However, I'm in a district minority. Secular Jews (I am one) would still vote for Obama if he could run for a third term. We are a self hating people and liberal in a perverted sense. The young Jews who are secular support the Palestinian cause and DBS. Well, I am more mature and am not naive. I see what is happening in America and the rise of antisemitism to pre Holocaust levels and I am sickened and Obama and his Jew and Israel hate mania is a big part of the problem.

  5. Obama is not anti-Semitic, to say so is sheer bigotry and ignorance. Like all US presidents he puts what he perceives to be America’s interest first, not Israel’s. He employed an Israeli-American as his first chief of staff and has an Orthodox Jew as Treasury Secretary. That is already more than most presidents. The US is trying to remain “an honest broker” in the Middle East whilst simultaneously dealing with Islamic terrorism. This requires a nuanced approach. Netanyahu’s belligerence (required for internal political reasons) is making Kerry’s job impossible. The Democrats know they need the Southern Christian
    (Zionist) vote. The US will never let Israel be endangered.

  6. One cannot overlook the fact that Obama has missed many opportunities to extend even common courtesies to important friends and leaders, including Netanyahu. However, he does go out of his way to avoid calling this world wide crusade a “war on terror” and he does stand up to hammer Israel over the construction of settlements in disputed territory. This is sheer folly and it caters to the dysfunctional, tyrannical and violent Muslim countries of the Middle East who are unable to resolve internal strife, so instead they must turn to a favorite common enemy, Israel, as the source of all ills. Being an “honest broker,” as you suggest, requires an honest response to rocket attacks on civilians, car attacks on pedestrians, and suicide bomber attacks on patrons at markets, hotels and restaurants. There is no moral equivalence between these attacks and Israel’s measured and restrained response and countermeasures.

  7. One cannot overlook the fact that Obama has missed many opportunities to extend even common courtesies to important friends and leaders, including Netanyahu. However, he does go out of his way to avoid calling this world wide crusade a "war on terror" and he does stand up to hammer Israel over the construction of settlements in disputed territory. This is sheer folly and it caters to the dysfunctional, tyrannical and violent Muslim countries of the Middle East who are unable to resolve internal strife, so instead they must turn to a favorite common enemy, Israel, as the source of all ills. Being an "honest broker," as you suggest, requires an honest response to rocket attacks on civilians, car attacks on pedestrians, and suicide bomber attacks on patrons at markets, hotels and restaurants. There is no moral equivalence between these attacks and Israel's measured and restrained response and countermeasures.

  8. Matthew Silpe You are stating the obvious. The US still requires Arab oil to function as a major economy. Should fracking or other forms of domestic energy (nuclear, renewables etc) become more widespread, the dependence on the Arabs will diminish. This will enable the US to take a much firmer line with non-democratic ME states. Hopefully, the next president will be in a much stronger position both economically and diplomatically. Currently it looks like an easy Republican win unless Mrs Clinton makes a dramatic come back.

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