by Steven Ertelt
September 5, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A slew of recent polls show a mixed bag for key election battles across the country between pro-life and pro-abortion candidates. The polls should serve as a wake-up call for pro-life advocates to redouble their efforts heading into the November Congressional elections.
Looking at races for the U.S. Senate, in Minnesota, pro-abortion Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, holds a 47-40 percent lead over Republican pro-life Congressman Mark Kennedy. The winner will replace pro-abortion Sen. Mark Dayton.
Missouri has one of the top Senate races in the nation and features pro-abortion State Auditor Claire McCaskill, a Democrat and pro-life Sen. Jim Talent, a Republican. A new St. Louis Post Dispatch poll shows McCaskill leading by just one percent and Talent on the rise.
Michigan also has a top Senate race and pro-abortion Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat, leads pro-life Republican Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard by a 49 to 42 percent margin.
Ohio has grim news for pro-life advocates as pro-life Sen. Mike DeWine, a Republican, is behind pro-abortion Congressman Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, by a 46 to 40 percent margin. DeWine has been a sponsor of various pro-life bills over the years.
Arizona has better news as pro-life Sen. John Kyl leads pro-abortion former State Democratic Chair Jim Pederson 52 to 35 percent.
A Maryland poll finds pro-life Lt. Governor Michael Steele behind pro-abortion Congressman Ben Cardin 44 to 39 percent but ahead of pro-abortion former Congressman Kweisi Mfume 42 to 38 percent. He will face the winner of the Cardin-Mfume primary battle.
In New Jersey, pro-abortion State Senator Tom Kean Jr. leads pro-abortion Sen. Bob Menendez 43 to 39 percent. Though Kean is pro-abortion, his victory would help make sure pro-life lawmakers control the Senate.
Several governors races across the nation feature pro-life and pro-abortion candidates within a handful of percentage points of each other. The close races will likely determine the outcome of pro-life legislation to further limit abortions.
The Michigan gubernatorial contest is a close one that pits pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, against pro-life Republican businessman Dick DeVos. Granholm currently leads 46 to 44 percent, according to a new Detroit Free Press poll.
A new Minnesota poll from Rasmussen Reports finds pro-life Governor Tim Pawlenty, the Republican, ahead of pro-abortion Attorney General Mike Hatch, the Democrat.
In Iowa, a new Rasmussen Reports poll shows pro-abortion Secretary of State Chet Culver, a Democrat, leading pro-life Congressman Jim Nussle, a Republican, by a 42-40 percent margin.
Pennsylvania voters are supporting pro-abortion Democratic Governor Ed Rendell over pro-life former pro football player Lynn Swann by a 50 to 48 percent margin.
In Kansas, pro-abortion Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius holds a 48-37 percent lead over pro-life State Senator Jim Barnett, who is a Republican. Sebelius has come under fire for vetoing abortion facility regulations while a mentally disabled teen died from abortions there and two abortion facilities have come under fire for unsanitary conditions.
Arkansas voters currently favor pro-abortion Attorney General Mike Beebe by a 55 to 38 percent margin over pro-life former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, who recently received the endorsement of Arkansas Right to Life.