Pro-Life Groups Not Surprised Abortion Support Hurt Rudy Giuliani in Iowa

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 4, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups Not Surprised Abortion Support Hurt Rudy Giuliani in Iowa Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 4,

Des Moines, IA ( — Listen to the media tell the story over the last several months and the casual political observer would have thought Rudy Giuliani was the front-runner and ready to begin racking up victories in early primary states. Instead, Giuliani received just four percent of the vote in large part because of his pro-abortion position.

Giuliani finished in sixth place on Thursday night in Iowa, six percentage points back from Rep. Ron Paul and with the support of just over 4,000 voters. predicted a month ago that Giuliani will not win the nomination in large part because Giuliani will not attract the support of the 70-75 percent of Iowa voters and the large majority of national Republicans who are pro-life.

Brian Burch, the president of the pro-life Catholic group Fidelis, agreed with that conclusion.

“Voters in the heartland of America overwhelmingly supported five different pro-life candidates over pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani," he told Friday. "His radical views on abortion … are unwelcome in the heart of the Republican Party."

Some political observers say Giuliani never had a chance in Iowa because Republican voters there are more socially conservative.

Now, Giuliani heads to New Hampshire where another loss is expected despite New Hampshire’s reputation as more favorable to abortion.

In fact, the state legislature recently threw out the state’s parental notification law while most others around the nation are adopting such measures.

Yet, as a northeastern candidate, the New York politico is losing in New Hampshire according to the most recent surveys.

The two most recent polls from Suffolk University and Zogby International show the ex-mayor with the support of only nine percent of Granite State voters, putting him in fourth place behind John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee.

Giuliani runs only one point ahead of Ron Paul and the surveys haven’t yet accounted for his dismal Iowa showing.

“Giuliani is hoping he can withstand four losses in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and South Carolina, before hoping for a win in Florida," Burch told about the mayor’s strategy.

"But voters in other states pay attention to what happens in these early states. Will Floridians really cast their vote for a four-time loser?” he concluded.