Berkley, Lingle, Mandel lose Senate bids

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish Senate hopefuls in Hawaii, Ohio and Nevada went down to defeat.

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) lost her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). Heller received nearly 46 percent of the vote to Berkley’s almost 45 percent. Berkley, an outspoken supporter of Israel who has had a long-running feud with Las Vegas casino tycoon and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, will leave Congress after 14 years in the House.

In Ohio, Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel was defeated in his race against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Brown, a strong ally of unions, took 50 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Mandel, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran.

In Hawaii, Republican former Gov. Linda Lingle lost her race for a Senate seat to Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). Hirono won with nearly 63 percent of the vote to Lingle’s 37 percent.

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