It’s not one of the most high-profile Senate races of 2014, but it’s one that pro-life advocates think they have a chance of winning with the hopes of recapturing the Senate from pro-abortion Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid.
Three pro-life Republicans are vying to take on Alaska Senator Mark Begich, who is pro-abortion. Just how strongly supportive of abortion is he? He opposes a bill to ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
It is hard to find a vulnerable red-state Democrat in 2014 who is not only embracing abortion rights as a core part of their campaign agenda but also taking the fight to Republicans — one reason Begich’s political gamble stands out.
His proud stance has already prompted attacks from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which said Begich is too “extreme” for the state most Americans associate with former Gov. Sarah Palin (R).
“Democrat Mark Begich is so far outside the mainstream that, not only is he comfortable with late-term abortion, he’s actively politicizing it and using the issue to raise political cash,” said NRSC spokeswoman Brook Hougesen. “Begich’s extreme position puts him deeply at odds with most women.”
The NRSC pointed to Begich’s 2013 comment to a reporter that he would oppose a late-term abortion ban if it came to the Senate floor.
“Yes,” Begich said when asked by the Weekly Standard if he would vote against the measure. “I’m pro-choice.”
That is not the only legislative view that has spurred criticism from Republicans.
Begich loudly supported a July bill from Senate Democrats to reverse the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision.
Alaska voters will pick from this hardcore abortion supporter and the nominee that comes from Tuesday’s Alaska Republican primary between former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller. Each candidate is pro-life.