US Presidential race

Jewish Republicans and Democrats fight over Adelson donations

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

A row has broken out between Jewish supporters of America's rival political parties after the president of an umbrella organisation for Jewish Democrats called for Mitt Romney to stop accepting funds from a wealthy Jewish Republican donor.


Romney heading to Israel as race against Obama heats up

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 3, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will visit Israel in the coming weeks to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two first met in 1976 when they both worked for The Boston Consulting Group, and have remained friendly since.


Gingrich says goodbye, thanks Sheldon Adelson

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

Newt Gingrich has thanked his main campaign donors after announcing his exit from the Republican presidential primary race.

Mr Gingrich paid tribute to Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who gave an estimated $20 million to a political action committee that supported the former House Speaker.


Jewish voters still not convinced by Mitt Romney

By Jennifer Lipman, April 30, 2012

Jewish voters are more likely to back President Obama than Mitt Romney at the general election in November.

A new survey commissioned for the American Jewish Committee has revealed that while the Democratic politician is less popular among respondents than he was in 2008, he would still be backed by nearly two - thirds.


Majority of Jews still plan to back Obama over Republicans

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The Republican Party's attempts to woo American Jewish voters appear to have been less than successful despite growing dissatisfaction with the incumbent of the White House.

According to an independent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, there has been little change in support levels since 2008.


Adelson: Newt Gingrich 'at end' of Republican race

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s most important financial backer has suggested that the Republican hopeful has no future in the party’s primary race.


Santorum paid to speak to Messianic Jews group

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, spoke at a Messianic Jews convention in 2010, it emerged this week.

Mr Santorum, who remains the main obstacle to Mitt Romney's chances of the party's nomination, is known for his conservative views on issues such as abortion, homosexuality and birth control, inspired by his devout Catholicism.


Jewish Republican beats Ron Paul in Puerto Rico primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

Controversial presidential hopeful Ron Paul was beaten in Sunday’s Puerto Rico primary by a little-known gay Jewish Republican contender.

Fred Karger, whose progressive campaign has attracted little media attention in the last few months, won 1.43 per cent of the vote in the US territory, compared with Mr Paul’s 1.22 per cent.


Report: Daniel Pearl baptised by Mormons

By Jennifer Lipman, February 29, 2012

The parents of a journalist who was murdered by Islamic militants in Pakistan have reacted angrily to the revelation that their son was posthumously baptised by the Mormon Church.


'Santorum won't get kosher vote'

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 23, 2012

Rick Santorum is surging in the ever-more dramatic Republican race for the presidential nomination. But will he be able to overcome his "Jewish problem"?

Mr Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, is widely regarded as the most right-wing of the four remaining GOP candidates, and the most socially conservative.