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The first (nonpolitical) Jewish response to the election figures is in.

William Daroff, the influential former Republican operative now working as the Jewish philanthropic world’s nonpartisan Washington lobbyist, hopes Washington can get back to business.

“If the likely scenario happens,” he says, referring to an apparent status-quo election, with Obama still in the White House, Democrats still controlling the Senate and Republicans holding on to the House, “the remarkable thing is that after spending hundreds of millions of dollars, it is likely that Washington will look exactly the same.”

Daroff, whose title is Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America, said there was at least one advantage to that outcome.

“The advantage will be that tomorrow all the players know where they stand, and we’ll be able to shift away from the election era that has paralyzed governing for the last many months and deal with the fiscal cliff.”

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