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Who by Fire, Who by Redistricting

Census casualties could include up to four Jewish congressmen

Marc Tracy
January 20, 2012

Not one, not two, three, not four, but five incumbent Jewish congressmen are facing uphill re-election battles due to redistricting after the latest census in 2010.

• There are two who have been lumped into one district: I refer to the Berman-Sherman Sherman (Oaks) Battle.

• Rep. Gary Ackerman, Democrat from New York, may find his Queens district eliminated and may have to run against Rep. Bob Turner, last seen winning Rep. Anthony Weiner’s former seat in a special election.

• Rep. Steve Rothman, Democrat from New Jersey, found his district eliminated and now faces a primary battle against another incumbent.

• The new district for Rep. Steve Cohen, Democrat from Tennessee, no longer includes his Memphis synagogue. He is, however, expected to win re-election.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.