State Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Northeast Philadelphia native who has forged strong ties to the Jewish community, won the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district.
He defeated two Jewish candidates — State Sen. Daylin Leach and former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies — as well as Valerie Arkoosh, a physician who served as president of a health care advocacy group, the National Physicians Alliance.
According to the Associated Press, with two-thirds of precincts reporting, Boyle captured 55 percent of the vote; Margolies, 23 percent; Arkoosh and Leach, 11 percent each.
Boyle won in a race that was originally billed as Margolies' to lose, but she never picked up the necessary momentum, despite receiving endorsements and fundraising assistance from her in-laws, former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The new Democatic nominee for the 13th District has gone to great lengths to prove himself a friend of the Jewish community. He has built support through actions like traveling to Israel last year on a trip sponsored by the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and proposing a bill in 2012 to make Holocaust education mandatory in Pennsylvania.