Ohio Right to Life Says Majority of Pro-Life Candidates Won Primary Races
by Steven Ertelt
May 5, 2010
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — A vast majority of the pro-life candidates Ohio Right to Life’s political action committee endorsed won their contested primary elections Tuesday night. The victories set up some sharply divided November election contests pitting pro-life advocates against pro-abortion candidates.
Sen. Jon Husted won the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. His win sets up a stark pro-life v. pro-abortion race in the general election against Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessy.
O’Shaughnessy has been backed in previous races by EMILY’s List, which only supports Democrats who back partial-birth abortions and taxpayer funding of abortions.
David Yost, the Delaware County Prosecutor, defeated Rep. Seth Morgan for the Republican nomination for Auditor of State.
Yost will face Democrat David Pepper in the general election. Both the new Secretary of State and Auditor of State will serve on the Apportionment Board, which will draw new state legislative districts for the next decade. Those elections could determine the fate of crucial pro-life legislation.
"With Ohio’s Apportionment Board hanging in the balance, Jon Husted and Dave Yost worked tirelessly to earn the support of pro-life Ohioans in every corner of the state", said Mike Gonidakis, Ohio Right to Life’s executive director.
In a closely watched Congressional contest, Jim Renacci won the Republican nomination to oppose 16th District Congressman John Boccieri.
Boccieri, who had espoused pro-life views, voted to enact the pro-abortion health care bill that includes massive abortion funding. The Renacci – Boccieri matchup promises to be a spirited race, Gonidakis said.
"With so much at stake for the pro-life movement, Ohio Right to Life is laser-focused to elect pro-life candidates who will represent us both in Columbus and in Washington D.C.", said Gonidakis.
Meanwhile, former congressman Steve Chabot will face Steve Driehaus, who also backed the pro-abortion health care bill.
Recent statewide polling concluded that Ohioans have an overall positive view of Ohio Right to Life, with over 51 percent of respondents viewing the organization in a favorable light compared to 25.4% unfavorable. Some 44 percent of respondents reported Ohio Right to Life’s candidate endorsements make them more likely to vote for the endorsed candidates.
Related web sites:
Ohio Right to Life – https://www.ohiolife.org
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