Abortion Advocates Face Difficulty in Tuesday Primary Elections, Specter Defeated

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates Face Difficulty in Tuesday Primary Elections, Specter Defeated

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 19
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates faced tough losses in Tuesday night’s primary elections as five-term Sen. Arlen Specter, a pro-abortion Republican who flip-flopped to the Democratic Party went down in defeat. The election also saw a preperation of major battles in states where pro-life candidates will take on abortion proponents.

The major loss for the pro-abortion side came in Specter’s defeat, though Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democratic congressman who had the backing of NARAL, took Specter’s place as the nominee.

He will face pro-life former congressman Pat Toomey, who will have the backing of pro-life groups heading into the November elections.

Toomey has a lead over Sestak and political observers believe he has a good shot of putting the Pennsylvania Senate seat in the pro-life column.

Conservative writer Ed Morrissey of Hot Air looked back on the race and said, "Arlen Specter had the backing of the DSCC and Barack Obama, was an incumbent who delivered key votes to Harry Reid — and still lost to Joe Sestak, who couldn’t claim any of those things."

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, a victorious Rand Paul told supporters “we’ve come to take our government back," after defeating pro-life candidate Tray Grayson for the Republican nomination of the seat of retiring pro-life Sen. Jim Bunning. Paul is pro-life and would keep the seat in pro-life hands if he wins in November.

Just as in Pennsylvania, in Arkansas, pro-abortion President Barack Obama was unable to convince voters to keep his favorite incumbent who supported his pro-abortion health care bill.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter was able to challenge pro-abortion Sen. Blanche Lincoln to a runoff. Now, Lincoln has to campaign through a June 8 runoff while the pro-life Republican nominee, Rep. John Boozman, prepares for the general election.

“After a vicious primary battle, incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s Democrat party bosses in Washington were unable to drag her across the finish line,” pro-life Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement. “And it remains to be seen whether those same party bosses would financially support Bill Halter should he ultimately defeat Lincoln for the nomination.”

Morrissey also chimed in on the race.

"Blanche Lincoln managed to survive to a runoff round with an almost-imperceptible lead over Bill Halter but not a majority. The problem for both [Specter and Lincoln] is that the Left is more energized than the center in this cycle, which made it hard for establishment candidates to keep support," he said.

Also in Pennsylvania, former John Murtha staffer Mark Critz (D) defeated businessman Tim Burns (R) by almost 10 points, thogh both candidates campaigned as pro-life advocates.

"The larger problem for Democrats is that the entire Right is significantly more energized than the Left. While Lincoln hashes out her runoff and Sestak tries to run to the center after beating Specter from the Left, Republicans are already positioned to generate turnout models that will handicap Democrats greatly," he explained.

"There is a large difference between winning a closed primary and winning a general election, and the anti-incumbent fever that impacted both races will add to Democrats’ woes regardless of whether Halter wins or not — and it’s worth pointing out, as Pat Toomey undoubtedly will, that Sestak is an incumbent in the House," he concluded.

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