Livni Triumphs in TA

The Dan region gave Tzipi Livni 7,300 votes yesterday to Shaul Mofaz's 5,700, a gap of 29 percent, and Livni won in 16 communities to Mofaz's 9. Livni may enjoy greater support in this area, or vote contractors may be stronger in outlying communities. Both suppositions may be true.

Livni's advantage was focused on Tel Aviv and the northern part of the region, where the gap in her favor was 58 percent. In Tel Aviv she got 80 percent to Mofaz 13. In Herzliya the figures were 74 percent to 11.

Livni's campaign was proud of making inroads into strong Mofaz territory in Rishon Letzion and Ramat Gan, by means of relatively minor vote contractors and volunteers.

In Rishon Letzion, whose mayor, Meir Nitzan, is a Mofaz man, Livni got over 1,000 votes to Mofaz's 1,160.

Livni's biggest defeat was in Haifa, the bayside (Krayot) suburbs and in Acre, where Mofaz had a 78-percent advantage. This may be due to this region's large numbers of unionized workers. In the port city of Ashdod, Mofaz got twice as many votes as Livni.

Mofaz had the lead in poor communities, with a gap of 26 percent over Livni. In Kiryat Malachi, Livni got 17 percent of the vote and Mofaz received 78 percent. In Netanya, the numbers were 14 to 64.

However, in the Jezreel Valley town of Migdal Ha'emek, Livni got 66 percent and Mofaz only 28 percent.

In the Arab sector the gap was 16 percent in favor of Mofaz. Livni's campaign director, MK Yohanan Plesner, said if not for the disqualification of the ballot in the southern Bedouin town of Rahat, Livni would have trounced Mofaz among Bedouin voters. Huge gaps were typical of the Arab sector. In Baka-Jatt, for example, in the north of the country, Livni took 93 percent of the vote, to Mofaz's 7; in Kfar Yassif it was 83 percent to Mofaz and 10 percent to Livni.