Pro-Life Candidates Capture Kentucky, MS Governor Posts

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 5, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Candidates Capture Kentucky, MS Governor Posts

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 5, 2003

Frankfort, KY ( — Pro-life advocates made gains in Kentucky on Tuesday as pro-life Congressman Ernie Fletcher (R) defeated pro-abortion state Attorney General Ben Chandler (D) in the race for governor.

Fletcher easily won the Kentucky governor’s race Tuesday polling 55 percent, or 593,508 votes, to the Chandler’s 45 percent, or 484,938 votes.

Fletcher, who had the backing of Kentucky Right to Life, is known for a 100% pro-life voting record, both in the U.S. House, where he began serving in 1998, and in the Kentucky House, where he served prior to his stint in Congress.

While in Congress, Fletcher has voted for a ban on human cloning and in favor of legislation barring family planning funding in U.S. aid abroad. He also voted to make it a federal crime to kill or injure an unborn child during an attack on a pregnant woman as well as in favor of a ban on partial-birth abortion.

"He will bring strong, moral, conservative leadership to Kentucky," said Margie Montgomery of Kentucky Right to Life.

In Mississippi, voters had the option of choosing between two pro-life candidates.

With 84 percent of precincts reporting, pro-life Republican activist Haley Barbour got 53 percent, or 377,508 votes, to incumbent pro-life Gov. Ronnie Musgrove’s (D) 45 percent, or 322,028 votes.

Unfortunately, in Kentucky, pro-abortion candidate Greg Stumbo (D) defeated pro-life candidate Jack Wood.