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Municipal Elections Results: Barkat Beats Porush by 10%

Barkat winning Jerusalem. Huldai takes Tel Aviv. Yahav remains in Haifa, but Turner dumped in Be'er Sheva.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/11/2008, 10:22 PM



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JERUSALEM
Barkat        53.4 %
Porush       43.4 %
Gaydamak  Less than 4%

Exit polls projected that Barkat would win 50 percent of the ballots with strong support from the national religious community, though Barkat is an avowed secular Jew.

A millionaire who made his fortune in high tech, Barkat, like his principal opponent Meir Porush, has vowed to fight against any attempt to divide the capital in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

The results reflect the fears of both the secular and national religious sectors that Porush would favor the hareidi religious community at the expense of the rest of the city. At two polling stations, Gerrer Hasidim said they voted for Barkat.

TEL AVIV    
Incumbent Mayor Ron Huldai 50.6%
Dov Khenin (Hadash)             34.3%

HAIFA    407 of 409 polling stations counted
Incumbent Yona Yahav 47%
Yaakov Borovsky 37%       

RAMAT GAN
Tzvi Bar             57%
Yisrael Singer    26%

NETANYA   
Incumbent Miriam Fireberg  81%

ASHDOD       
Yechiel Lasri              56%
Incumbent Tzvi Tzikler 44%

RECHOVOT 
Incumbent Shuki Forer  35%
Uzi Salant                    23%
The race will be determined in second round of voting.

BEIT SHEMESH
Moshe Abutbul (Shas)   52%
Shalom Lerner
Incumbent Dani Vaknin

KFAR SABA 
Incumbent Yehuda Ben Hamu 84%

RISHON L'TZIYON   
Dov Tzur                      52.3%
Incumbent Meir Nitzan  47.7%

BE'ER SHEVA
Rubik Danielovich             60.4%
Incumbent Yaakov Turner  30%

SDEROT
David Buskila   43%
Ahlama Peretz 26%
Alon Davidi 25%

EFRAT
Oded Ravivi wins over Yedidya Sarmonta and Ruth Golan. The incumbent Eli Mizrachi did not run.

KARNEI SHOMRON
Incumbent Herzl Ben-Ari wins with 43%

KIRYAT ARBA
Malachi Levinger beat Shmuel Sharvit and Meir Lapid.
The incumbent Zvi Katzover did not run.

ALFEI MENASHE
Incumbent Eliezer Hisdai beat Nachum Dalia.

BEIT SHE'AN
Incumbent Jackie Levy won.