One of the historic realignments from Election Day.
Pollsters talk about the Jewish vote, but there’s very little actual measurement of it. What you mostly see are national online polls which are nearly worthless when talking about a minority group that is largely concentrated in areas that are not in swing states.
There is one really big exception. Florida.
It’s got one of the largest Jewish populations in America, it’s a swing state, and the Jewish vote there has tended to go toward Democrats. That’s clearly changing.
The president won 43 percent of the Jewish vote in Florida, a historic high, according to polls conducted by the New York Times and Associated Press. This helped Trump clinch the state and remain competitive in the race as several states continue to count ballots. The poll also indicates that Jewish voters are increasingly willing to vote Republican despite the plurality of Jews historically voting Democratic.
“There is no doubt that in this election, when Donald Trump won in the key battleground state of Florida by fewer than 3 points, the Jewish vote was critical to his victory,” RJC executive director Matthew Brooks said in a statement on the organization’s exit polling.
That is the Jewish vote that actually counts.