Pro-Life News: 2009 and 2010 Election Updates From Across the Nation
by Steven Ertelt
December 16, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The following are a handful of political updates from across the nation — looking at key Congressional and statewide elections from the pro-life perspective:
Colorado: Incoming president Barack Obama is set to appoint pro-abortion Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado be the next Interior Secretary. As a result of the nomination, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, a Democrat, will select someone to fill Salazar’s Senate seat. The frontrunners include Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, outgoing State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Ken Salazar’s brother Congressman John Salazar. None of the potential replacements are pro-life but the appointment could set up a more competitive race for a pro-life candidate to win the Senate seat in 2010.
Hawaii: Senator Dan Inouye of Hawaii, who is pro-abortion, said last week that he will seek a ninth term. "Make no mistake, I am a candidate for re-election in 2010. I am calling upon my friends and supporters to once again stand with me," said Inouye in his statement to Congressional Quarterly. Meanwhile, former Rep. Ed Case will run for office again, but not against Inouye. He will run for either the open gubernatorial seat or one of the state’s two US House seats. Both pro-abortion Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono are possible candidates for governor.
New Hampshire: According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, pro-abortion Rep. Paul W. Hodes, a Democrat, said he is seriously considering a run against pro-life Sen. Judd Gregg in 2010. He has been approached about the race, Hodes spokesman Mark Bergman told the newspaper on Monday. An announcement likely won’t come until sometime early next year but it could be one of the most hotly-contested Senate races in 2010.
New York: Rep. Peter King, a pro-life Republican, says he will likely run against whomever Gov. David Paterson appoints to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate. King’s partial declaration appears to be a response to the potential anointing of Caroline Kennedy. He told the Long Island Newsday newspaper, From watching TV and listening to the media, she was almost being given the nomination and the election both in 2010 and 2012. . . . I didn’t want to seem like I was playing catch-up.
Ohio: Senator George Voinovich, who is pro-life, appears as if he will be in one of the fiercest election battles in 2010. A Quinnipiac poll shows that only 54% of Republicans favor his re-election bid and his polls 36-35 against any generic Democrat for the race. Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher could be a potential opponent.
Virginia: A new Rasmussen poll previews possible general election matchups in the 2009 race for governor. Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who is pro-life, is the Republican nominee while Democrats will pick from among a handful of abortion advocates. McDonnell trails House Democratic Caucus Chair Brian Moran 41-37, ties State Senator Creigh Deeds 39-39 percent, and leads former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe 41-36 percent.
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