Several States Hold Primaries on Tuesday With Numerous Abortion Fights

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Several States Hold Primaries on Tuesday With Numerous Abortion Fights

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 11
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Several states hold key primary election battles on Tuesday with some of them having races featuring candidates with starkly contrasting views on pro-life issues like abortion and embryonic stem cell research. States with primaries include Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

In Arizona, pro-abortion Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, is unopposed for her re-election bid but four Republicans are essentially competing on Tuesday for the right to face her in November. Pro-life advocates, including Arizona Right to Life, are uniting behind pro-life activist Len Munsil.

A key congressional race occupies the rest of the primary attention there, with former State Representative Randy Graf getting AZRTL’s support in the GOP primary in the 8th district. On the Democratic side, former State Senator Gabrielle Giffords, who is pro-abortion, will likely cruise to a wide victory over retired local TV news anchor Patty Weiss.

Two Delaware primaries are drawing little attention as the incumbents in both races are very safe in November.

Three Republicans are seeking the nomination against pro-abortion Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat, and, in the race for the state’s lone House seat, pro-abortion Congressman Mike Castle, a Republican, faces no opposition. Attorney Dennis Spivack and children’s rights advocate Karen Hartley-Nagle are competing for the Democratic nomination.

Maryland voters will cast ballots in a race that will lead to a hot November battle.

Maryland Democrats will choose between pro-abortion Rep. Ben Cardin and pro-abortion former Rep. Kweisi Mfume to take on pro-life Lt. Governor Michael Steele.

Minnesota voters don’t have any marquee battles in state races in the primary but will in the general election.

Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is pro-life will eventually take on pro-abortion Attorney General Mike Hatch in November. Pawlenty leads by 10 percent in the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll.

In the Senate battle, pro-abortion Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar will eventually challenge pro-life Congressman Mark Kennedy for pro-abortion Sen. Mark Dayton’s seat. Klobuchar currently leads by seven points.

New York voters are almost assuredly going to send pro-abortion Attorney General Elliot Spitzer to the fall governor’s race and pro-abortion Senator Hillary Clinton to a general re-election campaign, where she will probably face former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer.

Rhode Island voters have some key battles as pro-life Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey takes on pro-abortion Sen. Lincoln Chafee in the Republican Senate primary. The winner likely faces pro-abortion former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse, who is taking on two other candidates Tuesday.

In the second congressional district, pro-abortion professor Jennifer Lawless is trying to unseat Rep. Jim Langevin, a Democrat who opposes abortion.

Vermont voters are likely facing the prospect of self-proclaimed socialist Congressman Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination for the Senate in addition to running as an independent. Wealthy software executive Rich Tarrant is the heavy favorite to win the GOP nod over Greg Parke and Cris Ericson to take on Sanders, who is pro-abortion.

Wisconsin voters don’t have a key primary battle in the governor’s race but will vote in a fiercely competitive November election. It pits pro-abortion Governor Jim Doyle against pro-life Rep. Mark Green.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Right to Life has endorsed Jean Huntermark in the Lt. Governor race and Paul Bucher and J.B. Van Hollen in the attorney general’s race.

Related web sites:
Arizona Right to Life –
Maryland Right to Life –
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life –
New Hampshire Citizens for Life –
New York Right to Life –
Rhode Island Right to Life –
Vermont Right to Life –
Wisconsin Right to Life –