2 Jewish Veterans Score Democratic Upsets In House Races
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2 Jewish Veterans Score Democratic Upsets In House Races

Elaine Luria at the Norfolk, Va., shop she owns called the Mermaid Factory. (Courtesy of the Luria campaign)
Elaine Luria at the Norfolk, Va., shop she owns called the Mermaid Factory. (Courtesy of the Luria campaign)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Elaine Luria, a Jewish Navy veteran running for Congress in a Virginia coastal district, and Max Rose, a Jewish Army veteran challenging for a House seat in New York’s Staten Island, each unseated Republican incumbents on Tuesday.

Luria was projected to win while holding a lead of 4,000 votes over Republican Scott Taylor in a district that includes the Norfolk U.S. Navy base. Luria, a former Navy commander, was the first woman to spend her entire Navy career aboard combat ships.

Rose, who was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, unseated Dan Donovan in New York’s 11th District. He campaigned as a Democrat who is ready to defy his party leadership.

Rose and Luria were among six Jewish veterans running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Another Democrat who turned a House district from Republican was Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force veteran whose father is a Holocaust survivor, in Pennsylvania’s 6th comprising the Philadelphia suburbs. Houlahan said her father’s story — he became a U.S. Navy officer — inspired her to run. She does not consider herself Jewish.

I am honored to once again answer the call to serve our country and look forward to representing Virginia’s Second…

Posted by Elaine Luria for Congress on Tuesday, 6 November 2018

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