by Steven Ertelt
October 6, 2006
New Senate Race Polls Show Tough Time for Pro-Life Candidates
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — New polls in various races for the U.S. Senate show tough times for pro-life candidates throughout the country. In Maryland, pro-life Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele trails Congressman Ben Cardin 54-39 percent. Minnesota Congressman Mark Kennedy is behind Democrat Amy Klobuchar 56-40 percent. In Missouri, pro-abortion State Auditor Claire McCaskill is ahead of pro-life Jim Talent 48-45 percent, though another poll shows Talent ahead. Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford currently leads Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, who has the backing of some pro-life groups, by a 50-45 percentage margin. In Michigan, pro-abortion Senator Debbie Stabenow is ahead of pro-life Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard 56-39 percent. Montana pro-life Sen. Conrad Burns is behind pro-abortion State Senate President Jon Tester 46-42 percent. A poll in Ohio currently has pro-abortion Rep. Sherrod Brown currently is tied with pro-life Sen. Mike DeWine at 41 percent. Virginia has one of the handful of close Senate races where a pro-life candidate leads, as pro-life Senator George Allen is ahead of pro-abortion former Navy Secretary Secretary Jim Webb by a 48-45 percent margin. Also, in Arizona, pro-life Senator Jon Kyl leads pro-abortion former State Party Chair Jim Pederson 40-34 percent. Meanwhile, State Treasurer Bob Casey, who opposes abortion, leads pro-life Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum 48-39 percent.
Gubernatorial Contests See Pro-Abortion Candidates Leading Pro-Life Advocates
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — According to a slate of new polls, pro-abortion candidates for governor in various places are ahead of pro-life advocates. Attorney General Mike Hatch, who backs abortion, leads pro-life Governor Tim Pawlenty by a 50-46 percent margin. Governor Phil Bredesen, who also backs abortion, has a huge 66-26 percent lead over pro-life State Senator Jim Bryson. In one of the closer races, pro-abortion Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is ahead of pro-life businessman Dick DeVos 49-42 percent and another poll shows it closer. Congressman Ted Strickland, who backs abortion, leads pro-life Secretary of State Ken Blackwell 52 to 40 percent in Ohio. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, who supports abortion, is ahead of pro-life Rep. Mark Green 48-42 percent. In a poll with good news for pro-life groups, pro-life Rep. Jim Nussle leads pro-abortion Secretary of State Chet Culver 45-44 percent. Another shows pro-life Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 38 percent ahead of pro-abortion State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (18%) and pro-abortion former Congressman Chris Bell (15%). Meanwhile, in Colorado, District Attorney Bill Ritter, who says he is pro-life but won’t back changes in abortion law, is ahead of pro-life Rep. Bob Beauprez 50-35 percent.
Tennessee Right to Life Announces General Election Endorsements
Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — The Tennessee Right to Life group has announced its general election endorsements for November. The group has endorsed Jim Bryson for governor, though the pro-life candidate is down significantly in the polls to pro-abortion Gov. Phil Bredesen. Bryson was the primary sponsor of the Choose Life license plate that Bredesen didn’t sign but let go into law. In the races for Congress, TRTL is backing incumbent pro-life lawmakers John Duncan, Zach Wamp, Lincoln Davis, and Marsha Blackburn. The pro-life group also supports challenger David Davis. In state Senate contests, pro-life candidates Steve Southerland, Bill Ketron, Mae Beavers, Douglas Henry, Jack Johnson, Don McLeary, Paul Stanley get the nod. Visit the group online at https://www.tnrtl.org for more information about its endorsements.
Georgia Pro-Life Organization Chooses Candidates for 2006 Elections
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Georgia Right to Life’s Political Action Committee has announced its endorsements for the upcoming 2006 November election. The July Primary in Georgia resulted in a very successful primary election cycle, with voters selecting the Georgia Right to Life PAC endorsed candidates in over 90 percent of the GRTL involved races. This year’s endorsed candidates includes five statewide candidates, nine congressional candidates, thirty-two senate candidates, and seventy-seven house candidates. Statewide the group backs Sonny Perdue for Governor, Casey Cagle for Lt. Governor, Perry McGuire for Attorney General, Gary Black for Ag Commissioner, and Brent Brown for Labor Commissioner. To see the complete endorsement list, vist https://www.grtl.org/06general.asp.