How many Jews live in Florida

Anyone flying to Fort Lauderdale, Florida these days and turning their gaze to the right out of the window immediately after landing will see a huge poster that says: “Friends do not allow friends to be destroyed with atomic bombs. Stop Obama! ”Below is a map of Israel in the Zionist colors of blue and white with a Star of David, at which a nuclear missile is aimed.

If you then drive on the road in the heart of South Florida, you will see more colorful posters; They show Barack Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. The message is clear: this president is a puppet of the Muslims, he will hand Israel over to its mortal enemies. Only Mitt Romney can save us. An organization called "American Principles SuperPAC" is responsible for the poster campaign, which can be described as obscure. This newspaper received no answer to calls, and e-mails did not lead to any response.

Electors Florida is a so-called swing state. That means that here - in contrast to the left-wing liberal states on the coast and the conservative states in the center and in the south - it is not certain from the start whether Democrats or Republicans will win. In America, the president is not elected directly, but by a body of electors; in Florida there are at least 29, not a negligible mathematical quantity. That is why this state is the treasure, the crown, which is being fiercely fought over.

In the year 2000, George W. Bush made the election very narrowly for himself. His critics later spoke of electoral fraud - a rumor that has long since been refuted. The Jews are of particular importance in the Swing State. Across America, Jews make up just over two percent of the population - a tiny minority. In Florida, however, their number is a bit larger because older Jews like to retreat here to spend their retirement years: 3.4 percent of Floridians are Jewish, most of them live in the south of the state. And the overwhelming majority - namely 95 percent of that 3.4 percent - registered in order to be able to vote in the presidential elections. That's unusual; in the general population, only 64 percent register for presidential elections.

Libra For three reasons, Florida's Jewish voters can be precisely the troy ounce of gold that causes the scales to tilt one way or the other: because Florida is a "swing state"; because there are many Jews in Florida; because these Jews have an above-average interest in politics.

That means: The Jews in Florida belong to the most hottest voter groups in the country. It is no coincidence that the third televised debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama took place in Baton Roca (a place a bit north of Fort Lauderdale, mentioned above). And it is no coincidence that Romney and Obama both affirmed there how much they care about Israel's security. The posters portraying Obama as an enemy of Israel try to start precisely at this point. Will they have any effect?

Candidates To answer this question, let's take a look at the 22nd Congressional District, which stretches north from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach. There two candidates compete against each other, both of whom would like to represent Florida in Washington as senators: Lois Jane Frankel (63) for the Democrats and Adam Hasner (42) for the Republicans. Both are from New York and are Jewish.

In a discussion in front of a Jewish audience that was recently recorded by the Internet magazine Slate, Hasner, the Republican, tried to score points as follows: “I was one of the first in the country to say 'No more money for one from Hamas led Palestinian Authority, no more money for an Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood. '”And when“ the Democratic Party Congress decided to remove Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I asked Lois Frankel to agree that this was a bipartisan issue acts. She was silent «. How did Lois Frankel react to this in the debate? She laughed and said, "Mr. Hasner, I hate to have to admit that: But I already supported Israel, you weren't even born then. "

Israel If the Republicans want to distinguish themselves towards the Democrats in Florida through special friendship with Israel, it is difficult for them. In truth, both parties largely agree on this issue. And when it comes to all other issues - economic policy, health care - the majority of Jews think left-wing liberal.

Of course, you can ponder fractions of a percentage point. This does not change the basic truth: Jews have elected the democrats since time immemorial; they will do that this time too. Las Vegas multibillionaire and casino owner Shelly Adelson, who supports Mitt Romney, is the exception, not the rule.

Should it become mathematically tight for Obama, then it is quite possible that the Jews of Florida will save his presidency for him. Poster campaigns in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area will not change that.