by Steven Ertelt
September 18, 2006
Pro-Life Group: Turnout Key to Victory in 2008 Election Battles
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading organization that aides pro-life candidates says pro-life advocates need to get to work during the month of October to make sure every pro-life friend and family member gets to the polls to vote. The SBA List Candidate Fund, a pro-life political action committee, is mobilizing hundreds of thousands of swing voters in critical races nationwide. “Pro-life voters are just as pro-life today as they were two years ago,” said SBA List Candidate Fund president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “What we’re doing is reminding voters of the impact this election will have on pro-life issues, from who sits on the U.S. Supreme Court to partial-birth abortion bans and parental consent laws." While other issues are getting the media attention, Dannenfelser says pro-life people once again have the power to shape the outcomes of many close battles. "These issues may not be garnering headlines right now, but, when it comes to voter turnout, they turn unmotivated voters into determined voters. We believe the pro-life vote could be the difference in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, and a number of other states.”
Michigan Abortion Advocate Granholm Has Small Lead Over Pro-Life DeVos
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm holds a small lead over pro-life businessman DeVos. With the election 7 1/2 weeks off, voters favor Granholm over DeVos 50 percent to 42 percent. Seven percent are still undecided and 1 percent say they’ll vote for a third-party candidate. That’s the results of a poll sponsored by the Detroit News and WXYZ. Still, 60 percent don;t think Granholm has done a good job as governor and two-thirds say Michigan is headed in the wrong direction. Although only 38 percent of voters think she’s doing a good job, 52 percent have a "favorable" opinion of Granholm; 38 have an unfavorable opinion and the rest are on the fence. DeVos, meanwhile, registers favorably with 40 percent of voters and unfavorably with 37 percent. Those ratings help explain why Granholm is getting the support of half of the state’s voters despite an apparently poor job performance. Meanwhile, pro-abortion Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow is building her lead over pro-life Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in the race for the U.S. Senate. She now leads 53 percent to 34 percent, compared to her 51 percent to 38 percent margin in August.
Iowa Poll Has Pro-Abortion Chet Culver Over Pro-Life Jim Nussle for Gov
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — According to a new poll from KCCI, 48 percent of those polled would vote for pro-abortion Democratic candidate Chet Culver and 43 percent would vote for GOP candidate Jim Nussle, who is pro-life. Some 9 percent are undecided. The telephone survey was conducted Sept. 11 and 12, and included 600 likely statewide voters who regularly vote in elections. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Half of those polled have a favorable opinion of Culver, 31 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Culver and 19 percent do not have an opinion. Of those polled, 49 percent have a favorable opinion of Nussle, 37 percent have an unfavorable opinion and 14 percent have no opinion. Nussle manager Nick Ryan said the poll differs from a Wall St. Journal one showing Nussle three points ahead. Those polled were asked whether Nussle’s position of supporting an abortion ban except those medically necessary to save the mother’s life had any effect on their vote. Fifty-five percent said Nussle’s stance has had no effect on their vote, with 57 percent of men said it had no effect and 53 percent of women said it would not affect their vote.
Florida Gov Candidate Charlie Crist Picks Pro-Life Advocate Running Mate
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, the state’s attorney general, chose Jeff Kottkamp, a Cape Coral state representative and attorney, as his lieutenant governor running mate. Crist called him "a great man, a great leader, a man of great integrity.” Kottkamp is regarded as more conservative and more pro-life than Crist. ”Charlie Crist is, deep down in my heart, going to be an awesome governor," Kottkamp said, adding Crist brings ”the vision, the integrity and the heart” needed for the job. Kottkamp voted in favor of Governor Jeb Bush’s effort to pass a law to spare the life of Terri Schiavo, a disabled woman whose former husband won a court order to subject her to a painful two week starvation and dehydration euthanasia death. Michael Schiavo, after hearing Crist chose Kottkamp, said he represented "everything that is broken in Tallahassee.” Democratic candidate for governor Jim Davis backs abortion.
Colorado Candidate Ritter Getting More Money Than Beauprez for Governor
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — Democrat Bill Ritter outraised pro-life Congressman Bob Beauprez 3-1 in August. Ritter collected $605,673 to Beauprez’s $207,117. To date, Ritter has raised $2.7 million to Beauprez’s $2.3 million and the totals will allow him to outspend Beauprez on television commercials from here until November. A spokesman for Beauprez said Ritter is garnering support from special interests. "Let’s be clear about this: Bill Ritter has decided to place himself squarely in the hip pocket of the trial lawyers and the labor unions," John Marshall said. "You can’t go through his fundraising reports and not come to the very strong conclusion that this is a guy who has basically placed a ‘for sale’ sign out in front of the state Capitol and said the trial lawyers and labor unions are going to have an open-door policy." Most recent polls of Colorado voters have indicated that Ritter is ahead and a Zogby/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday gave Ritter an 8.6 percentage-point lead over Beauprez.