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Candidates to replace George W Bush have toured Iowa and New Hampshire in the last week in the race to be named the nominee for the Republicans and Democrats.
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So far Iowa has chosen Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, while New Hampshire has backed Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
A spokesperson for the National Jewish Democratic Council told TJ: “We have praised all the candidates with issues important to the Jewish community. They are all strong supporters of Israel, of the separation of Church and state and have similar priorities such as education.”
A spokeswoman for the Republican Jewish Coalition said: “The leading Republican candidates are all really well suited and qualified for the position of president.”
Jewish electoral support has previously weighed towards the Democrats. A poll by the American Jewish Committee in December found that 58% of Jewish Americans self-identify as Democrats.
Jewish actress Scarlett Johannson turned out in Iowa last week to support Democrat Barack Obama, who was chosen ahead of Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson.
Mike Huckabee was chosen in Iowa’s Republican caucus beating, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Ron Paul, Fred Thompson.
Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, said: “So far the votes don’t say anything. It’s a small amount of people that have voted and we have a lot more voices in the US, so anything can change at the moment.”Jews neutral over US presidency by Marc Shoffman