by Steven Ertelt
July 31, 2006
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Voters in Kansas and Tennessee will head to the polls this week with voters having the opportunity to make a difference to get pro-life candidates to the November elections. Kansas voters will cast ballots on Tuesday while Tennessee voters will pull the level for their favorite candidates on Thursday.
In Kansas, the state’s pro-life group has endorsed two pairs of candidates for the Governor and Lt. Governor positions to take on incumbent pro-abortion Democrat Kathleen Sebelius.
Kansans for Life is backing the Republican teams of Jim Barnett and Susan Wagle and Ken Canfield and Kathe Decker. The group urges pro-life voters to back whichever candidates they think have the best shot at defeating Sebelius in November.
Also in the GOP primary, the pro-life organization has also endorsed state Rep Eric Carter for Insurance Commissioner, and both Kay O’Connor and Ron Thornburgh for Secretary of State.
On the KFL web site, the group also lists endorsements for candidates for state legislature, state board of education and district court judge races.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee, the biggest battle primary voters will get involve in is the Republican race for the party’s nomination to replace retiring Sen. Bill Frist.
The race features pro-life congressmen Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary and former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker, who previously campaigned in favor of abortion but says he is now pro-life.
Pro-life advocates have been concerned that Bryant and Hilleary would split the vote, handing Corker the nomination. As a result, Tennessee Right to Life has endorsed Bryant, who is considered to have a better chance than Hilleary of capturing the nomination.
The winner will likely face pro-abortion Rep. Harold Ford, a Democrat.
In the very crowded Republican primary field for governor, TRTL is backing state Sen. Jim Bryson, who would likely take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, who backs abortion.
In other contests, Tennessee Right to Life is supporting state Rep. David Davis for the 1st Congressional district, where pro-life Rep. Bill Jenkins is retiring, and attorney Bill Whitman in the 9th Congressional district to replace Ford. The group is also supporting incumbent pro-life Reps. John Duncan, Zach Wamp, Lincoln Davis, and Marsha Blackburn.
Looking to judicial contests, Tennessee Right to Life is working hard to reform the state’s judiciary in light of its decisions against pro-life laws limiting abortions.
The pro-life group urges voters to vote No on pro-abortion Judge Janice Holder and to vote Yes on Chief Justice William Barker.
Tennessee Right to Life has endorsed dozens of pro-life candidates for the state House and Senate and listed those endorsements on their web site.