The Forward: Georgia’s election-weary Jewish community is ready for another fight

November 10, 2020

By Ari Feldman

Since runoffs generally have depressed turnout, political observers and organizers say, securing a better edge from the Jewish community, with its consistently high voting rate, could be what puts either party in control over the Senate.

In Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Nevada, President-elect Joe Biden’s margin of victory amounted to fewer votes than the number of votes cast for him by Jewish voters, said Halie Soifer, the director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, citing estimates of the Jewish votes in those states based on a national survey of Jewish voters from the progressive group J Street. Absent those voters, Soifer concluded, Biden may not have won.

“So we know the Jewish vote can make a difference, and will make a difference in Georgia,” she said.