Press Release

Jewish Voters Played Critical Role Defeating CA GOP Recall

September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) CEO Halie Soifer released the following statement in response to the defeat of the GOP recall effort in California:

“The defeat of the Republican effort to recall Governor Newsom is not just a win for Californians, but for all Americans who support democracy, science, and truth. Californians showed up at the polls to unequivocally reject the GOP’s extremism and conspiracy-mongering. Jewish voters made a critical difference in this election given their disproportionately high turnout rates and overwhelming opposition to the recall.

“Over the course of the past month, JDCA PAC led the Jewish community’s opposition to the GOP recall effort. JDCA PAC was the only national Jewish organization engaged in this race and the only organization specifically dedicated to mobilizing Jewish voters. Through phone banks, text banks, emails, social media, and OpenWeb ads, JDCA PAC reached more than 335,000 Jewish voters across California. Our targeted digital ad campaign was seen over 3.5 million times, and directly engaged via phone and text with 95,000 Jewish voters.

“As the results continue to come in, the impact of Jewish voters in California is increasingly clear. Jewish voters are overwhelmingly Democrats — they support Governor Newsom, but perhaps more importantly, they strongly oppose right-wing Republican extremism, which ultimately was on the ballot in this election. 

“Jewish Dems will continue to oppose Republican efforts to attack voting rights, spread misinformation, and endanger our safety and health. In the lead up to the 2022 midterm election, JDCA will continue to mobilize Jewish voters, laying the groundwork for Democrats to expand our congressional majority, and advocate for policies that reflect our values.”

For more information on JDCA or to speak with Halie Soifer, please contact [email protected]