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Most Jewish voters sticking with Obama

at 05:29 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Obama hasn’t lost many Jewish votes, Tim Kaine outraised George Allen, Sherman is leading Berman and David Frum wrote a novel.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A survey from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that most Jewish voters are sticking with President Obama despite concerted efforts from Republicans to woo this voting bloc. Sixty-two percent of Jewish voters would like to see Obama reelected, about the same as at this point in the 2008 campaign. Only 7 percent of those who backed him in 2008 would like to see a Republican win.

* Former senator George Allen (R) had his best fundraising quarter since the beginning of 2011, raising $1.4 million over the first three months of 2012 for $2.66 million in the bank. But he was still outraised by former governor Tim Kaine (D), who raised $2.2 million last quarter and has $4.4 million cash on hand.

* A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) trailing Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) by thee points, 47 percent to 44 percent. Those numbers haven’t changed since February; it’s within the margin of error.

* Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) said Monday that he would vote for President Obama. In the process he gave a somewhat odd explanation: “I've had many issues where I've disagreed with him, and people are aware of that.And as a congressman my mantra is to put Utah first, but in this election, that's who I'm going to vote for."

* An internal poll conducted for California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman finds him with a huge lead in his member-vs-member primary against Rep. Howard Berman . According to the poll, Sherman leads Berman 52 percent to 25 percent.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Joe Kearns Goodwin, the son of presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, is running for state Senate in Massachusetts’ third district. Goodwin enlisted in the Army after September 11th and served in Iraq and Afghanistan; he also worked on the unsuccessful Senate campaign of Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca.

* Democrats have no challenger to Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.), now that state Rep. Luis Garcia has dropped out after clashing with the national party. It’s a swing seat and Rivera is under investigation, yet Democrats seems unable to find a candidate.

* Former Bush administration speechwriter David Frum is coming out with a novel, “Patriots,” out April 23. The description: “America's first black president has just lost re-election. A new leader tries to pull the country out of a terrible recession—only to face a devilish plot from inside his own party.” 

* The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has filed a lawsuit against the 2010 campaign of Rep. Charlie Bass (R), alleging that the lawmaker’s name was left off “push polls” made by campaign workers.

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