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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Teacher, clergyman, scholar, and possible congressman (photo credit: Courtesy)
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Defeat looms for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who was fighting an uphill battle in New Jersey’s 9th congressional district on an Republican ticket. With about 45% of the votes counted, he’s got less than a third of the votes. Democrat Bill Pascrell, the incumbent, has 74%.

“This seems to be Obama’s night,” says Channel 2’s Udi Segal, though warning that “we need to be cautious.” Romney “would need to get California” to win now, chimes in another analyst. He’ll need all the rest of the swing states, echoes Aharon Barnea in Washington.

Utah and Montana for Romney, says NBC. CBS gives Romney Missouri. CNN gives New Hampshire to Obama.

Fox: Republicans will retain the House.

The Guardian: “For Mitt Romney to win the presidential election from this point, he has to win each of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado.”

Up pops Sarah Palin on Fox warning that Obama “doesn’t seem to have the desire” to unify the nation. How will the candidates be feeling right now? “You leave it all there on the ice… You do your best,” she says. “I just cannot believe though that the majority of Americans think incurring more debt” is the way to go. “It’s a perplexing time for many of us right now if things continue in this trend.”

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