November 11, 2008

Tight Mayoral Races in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Poll watchers say tight mayoral races Tuesday in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem could be determined by ultra-Orthodox voters turning out in large numbers.

Ultra-Orthodox voters were expected to turn out in droves, as instructed by leading rabbis, outnumbering secular and modern-Orthodox voters, Haaretz reported Tuesday.

In Jerusalem, secular mayoral candidate Nir Birkat claimed his Web site had been attacked by hackers, Haaretz reported. The attack meant Internet users seeking Birkat's site automatically were redirected to the site of ultra-Orthodox mayoral challenger Meir Porush, Birkat alleged.

In Tel Aviv, Mayor Ron Huldai was in a tight race with Dov Khenin and his City for All party, and needed a minimum of 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff with Khenin, Haaretz reported.