by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
October 14, 2004
LifeNews.com Note: This is the seventh in a series of articles covering the 2004 elections state by state from the pro-life viewpoint.
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life community in Michigan is working hard to ensure their state keeps its representatives in the U.S. Congress pro-life. The greater battle, however, is reclaiming the state in the presidential elections.
"All [pro-life] incumbents are expected to win handily," Larry Galmish, PAC director for Right to Life of Michigan told LifeNews.com.
Galmish added that the inclusion of Michigan as a "battleground state" that could go either way on November 2 makes the presidential election the most critical one for pro-life Michigan voters.
"Recent polls show a very tight race in a state that Gore won in 2000," said Galmish. "If pro-lifers work hard and turn out at the polls for our pro-life president, it could likely be a determining factor for George Bush in the presidential race."
According to a Rasmussen poll released October 11, pro-abortion Democrat John Kerry is three points ahead of President Bush — 49 to 46 percent.
The polls show the president gaining in the state, but Kerry has had a consistent lead throughout September and October.
In the House of Representatives, Right to Life of Michigan PAC has endorsed the pro-life incumbents in nine of the 15 congressional districts.
In District 7, which Galmish had said may lean to Republican Joe Schwartz, some pro-life voters are looking to third-party candidate David Horn because the Democrat and Republican candidates are not pro-life.
The true test of pro-life efforts for the election will be determined, however, by which presidential candidate received the states’ 17 electoral votes.