by Steven Ertelt
August 9, 2006
Coldwater, MI (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life candidates emerged victories in the handful of primaries on Tuesday that involved pro-life versus pro-abortion contests. Voters went to the polls in several states, including Michigan, Colorado, Missouri, Connecticut and Georgia.
In Michigan, voters in the seventh Congressional district selected pro-life former state Rep. Tim Walberg over incumbent Republican congressman Joe Schwarz, who has a mixed voting record on pro-life issues.
Schwarz, who lost by a 55-45 percent margin, admitted he lost in part because of his stance on key pro-life issues.
"I look at this election as probably a victory for Right to Life, anti-abortion, anti-embryonic stem cell groups," he told the Daily Reporter newspaper.
Michigan voters also selected pro-life Oakland county sheriff Mike Bouchard to take on pro-abortion Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat and pro-life businessman Dick DeVos to face off with pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
In Colorado, pro-life State Senator Doug Lamborn narrowly edged past former Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce executive Jeff Crank in a crowded Republican party primary to replace retiring Congressman Joel Hefley in the fifth congressional district.
Over the in seventh congressional district, former State Senator Ed Perlmutter won the Democratic nomination by a nearly 20-point advantage over his former State Representative Peggy Lamm.
Lamm came under fire for hosting a fundraiser featuring Terri Schiavo’s former husband Michael, who won court approval to kill her via euthanasia.
Perlmutter will face pro-life State Higher Education Commission Chair Rick O’Donnell, who is the GOP nominee.
This November, pro-life Rep. Bob Beauprez, a Republican, takes on ex-Denver district attorney Bill Ritter in the Colorado governor’s race. Ritter says he is pro-life but has indicated he would not change Colorado law on abortion.
There were no surprises in Missouri on election day as pro-life Sen. Jim Talent, a Republican, and pro-abortion State Auditor Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, easily won their Senate primaries — with 88% and 79%, respectively. They will meet in a fierce November election battle.
Pro-life congressman Todd Akin had no trouble turning back a primary challenge from State Representative Sherman Parker by a lopsided 6-to-1 margin. The other Congressional incumbents also easily fended off their various primary challenges.
Pro-life candidate Susan Thomas won the Republican primary for state auditor to face Democrat Susasn Montee to replace McCaskill.
In Missouri’s first congressional district, pro-life attorney Mark Byrne won a primary to face pro-abortion incumbent William Clay, Jr.
Finally, in Georgia, pro-life candidate Gary Black won the GOP nomination for state agricultural commissioner.