Josh Mandel, the 35-year-old Republican Jewish Ohio State Treasurer, has almost certainly lost his Senate bid to incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. An Iraq vet, Mandel has pushed divestment from Iran as an Ohio state representative. He is considered a rising star among Jewish Republicans.
With 63% of the vote counted, Brown leads Mandel by 50-45.
NJDC welcomed Brown’s victory Tuesday night, saying Brown “has been a staunch defender of America’s middle class and a true ally of the Jewish community on a variety of domestic issues, and when it comes to ensuring a strong and secure Israel as well. Despite an onslaught of outside funding from those determined to knock him off message, Senator Brown remained steadfast and true to his ideals — and true to the values that he shares with the vast majority of American Jews in Ohio and nationwide.”