by Steven Ertelt
December 12, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two pro-life candidates cruised to lopsided victories on Tuesday in their bid for seats in special Congressional elections. Bob Latta will be the next congressman from Ohio and State Delegate Rob Wittman easily won in his race for a Virginia congressional seat.
Republican state Representative Bob Latta, who enjoyed the endorsement of both National Right to Life and Ohio Right to Life’s political action committees, faced Robin Weirauch.
Latta, who, as the chairman of the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee, Bob helped pass Ohio’s ban on partial birth abortion, defeated Weirauch, the 2004 and 2006 Democratic nominee who had the endorsement of pro-abortion Emily’s List, by a vote of 57% to 43%.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, which also backed Latta, told LifeNews.com that EMILY’s List "dumped thousands of dollars into the race on behalf of pro-abortion candidate Robin Weirauch."
"Unfortunately for them, Bob Latta’s experienced pro-life leadership resoundingly won out," she said.
Latta, will replace the late Congressman Paul Gillmor (R), who died September 5 from injuries sustained during a fall down the stairs in his home.
Meanwhile, as expected, State Delegate Rob Wittman cruised to a landslide victory over Philip Forgit in Tuesday’s special election. Wittman had the backing of 63 percent while Forgit had 35 percent.
"Wittman is pro-life and has been endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC," National Right to Life political director Karen Cross told LifeNews.com.
Wittman will replace the late Congresswoman JoAnn Davis (R), who died of cancer on October 6 and was one of the leading pro-life women in Congress.
Cross says Forgit claims he is pro-life but explains that he is only "personally opposed" to abortion.
Forgit has said, "I don’t want government bureaucrats making decisions when it comes to women’s bodies," and "I may be pro-life but I am not going up there to criminalize abortions."