A North Carolina Congressional race has become a surrogate battle for the future of the Democratic Party. One surprising front: the Middle East.
Nida Allam’s candidacy to represent North Carolina’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives has been supported by members of “the Squad,” with whom she shares certain policy stances, including views on Israel which have made some area Jewish leaders uneasy.
Calvin Trillin, an incomparable reporter, brought his wry, Midwestern Jewish perspective to coverage of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, first for Time magazine and then for The New Yorker. He once observed, tongue in cheek, that it must have been awfully crowded in the South back then “behind the scenes.”
A poll commissioned by the liberal, pro-Israel group J Street, conducted by the firm GBAO between October 12 and 15, found that 73 percent of Florida’s Jewish likely voters support former Vice President Joe Biden. With a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percent, the survey polled 600 of the state’s estimated 500,000 eligible Jewish voters.
“With so much riding on Florida’s 29 electoral votes in the presidential election, and the crucial role the state’s 450,000 Jewish voters may play in the outcome, the national Biden campaign is being cautious to the point of being cagey about what their strategy will be.”