Abortion Advocates Already Preparing for 2010 Election to Defeat Pro-Life Pols
by Steven Ertelt
December 8, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The ink is barely dry on the newspapers reporting pro-abortion incoming president Barack Obama’s victory, but abortion advocates are already looking down the road to the 2010 elections. Though one Senate race remains to be decided for 2008, Emily’s List is already raising funds for the next cycle.
"Already, we’re making plans to ensure we protect our majorities in Congress in 2010 and build on our victories from this year," the pro-abortion group’s president Ellen Malcolm wrote in an email to supporters Monday.
The 2010 Congressional elections will be the first chance for pro-life advocates to regain some of the ground they lost in 2008 and to provide more support for pro-life lawmakers trying to stand up to Obama’s pro-abortion agenda.
However, the slate of races for the Senate in 2010 puts pro-life advocates on the defensive and yields an opportunity for group’s like Emily’s List to grow their numbers.
There are 19 Republican-held seats scheduled for the election compared to 15 Democratic-held seats.
Special elections will narrow the margin further, to 19-17, because of people Obama has named to his administration — Joe Biden from Delaware and Hillary Clinton from New York. Neither seat is looked at as a realistic chance for pro-life advocates to increase their numbers.
Pro-life advocates already got a bit of bad news in the form of pro-life Florida Sen. Mel Martinez’s decision not to run for re-election and the state will likely become a top pro-abortion target.
Abortion advocates could also have a chance to pick up a seat in Kansas, where pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback, a current senator, is likely running for governor in 2010. Current pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is seen as the top prospect for Brownback’s Senate seat and any pro-life candidate facing her would have an uphill battle.
Of the Democratic-held seats, 13 of them come in states where Obama won the presidential election. The only two 2010 Democratic seats up in states where McCain won are in Arkansas and North Dakota and both senators there are seen as strong incumbents.
Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Ken Salazar of Colorado and Evan Bayh of Indiana might face tough battles, but each will start off with significant war chests and voter support.
On the Republican side, several pro-life lawmakers will face tough re-election bids, including George Voinovich of Ohio, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Charles Grassley of Iowa, and possibly even John McCain in Arizona.
Emily’s List highlighted some of these 2010 races in its email requesting early funds for a head start.
"With 19 Republican Senate seats up for grabs in 2010, we expect some tough and exciting races — from Florida, where incumbent Republican Mel Martinez has announced his retirement and the state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is being mentioned as a candidate, to California, where Sen. Barbara Boxer could face a tough challenge to her re-election," Malcolm explained.
"And there are no fewer than 36 governors’ races in 2010, so we are already speaking with potential candidates in key states," she added.
Malcolm says she expects pro-life advocates to "hit hard against many of the" pro-abortion members of the House and Senate that won seats that typically favor pro-life candidates.
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