Edwards Won’t Seek Re-Election, Pro-Life Gain Possible

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 8, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Edwards Won’t Seek Re-Election, Pro-Life Gain Possible

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 8, 2003

Raleigh, NC (LifeNews.com) — Presidential candidate John Edwards, a pro-abortion Democratic senator from North Carolina, announced Sunday that he will not run for re-election to his Senate seat.

That’s good news for pro-life advocates in the state who hope to be able to pick up the seat and give pro-life lawmakers in the Senate additional support.

"I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate, in order to devote all of my energy to running for president,” Edwards wrote in a letter to North Carolina Democratic Party chairwoman Barbara Allen.

Edwards could have run for both offices, as state law allows for dual candidacies.

Though he is trailing in polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire, the decision signifies he is going to focus heavily on re-establishing his campaign. Prior to the rise of pro-abortion ex-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Edwards was seen as the potential dark horse in the race as many thought he had the ability to challenge John Kerry, Dick Gephardt and Joe Lieberman.

Now, pro-life advocates have an excellent opportunity to replace Edwards with a pro-life candidate.

U.S. Rep. Richard Burr, who is pro-life, is the leading Republican candidate for the Senate seat. Burr has had a 100% pro-life voting record as a member of the House of Representatives.

With the White House’s backing, Burr has raised $1.8 million this year for the Senate race. He will also transfer another $1.7 million from his House campaign account, according to federal election reports.

Vice President Dick Cheney will attend a Raleigh fund-raiser for Burr this week.

Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, who lost to Elizabeth Dole in the 2002 Senate election, is considering a run. He is pro-abortion.