With Jewish states up for grabs on Feb. 5, candidates seek edge
By Ben Harris
NEW YORK (JTA) -- After split decisions in both parties in early primary states, the focus is shifting to Super Tuesday, when states with some two-thirds of American Jews hold presidential primaries or caucuses.
New York, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and Connecticut are among the 22 states that will be awarding delegates on Feb. 5, and with nominations from both parties still up for grabs, Super Tuesday results could well be shaped by the groundwork the campaigns have laid in building their Jewish outreach operations.
Last fall, the campaign for U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) created Chai for Hillary, a network of young Jewish professionals in cities across the country. In October, the group drew some 250 guests to an event in Washington with U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).
The theme was chai, the number 18 thought to be lucky in Judaism: It was held at the 18th Street Lounge with an admission price of $18, and guests were asked to spend 18 hours volunteering for the campaign and reach out to 18 friends ...