Cohen Squeaks by Solomon in Democratic Primary for State Legislature

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Incumbent veteran politician Mark Cohen beat out a tight race against challenger and fellow member of the tribe Jared Solomon. 

Rep. Mark Cohen, the longest-serving state legislator in Pennsylvania, eked out a victory against fellow Jew Jared Solomon in a bitter Democratic primary on May 20.

The 64-year-old incumbent faced a stiff campaign from the 35-year-old Solomon, a community activist who repeatedly criticized Cohen for abusing taxpayer-funded per diem reimbursements.

Solomon lost to Cohen, who comes from a family with deep political ties in the Philadelphia area, by less than 200 votes out of the 4,000-plus voters who cast ballots in the race.

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