Tuesday Primary Election Has Pro-Life Candidates Aiming for Abortion Advocates
by Steven Ertelt
June 8, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Voters held to the polls in states with key primary election contests today and the winners of the elections are posed to take on abortion advocates in November. The results will set up some of the marquee election battles pitting pro-life candidates against incumbents who solidly support abortion.
Voters in 12 states cast ballots Tuesday and California and Nevada voters will set up two of the most contentious Senate races for November.
In California, Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett Packard executive, is leading in the polls against GOP opponents Tom Campbell, a pro-abortion former congressman, and pro-life state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.
Fiorina enjoys the endorsements of pro-life groups, including National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, and the winner of the primary will face Sen. Barbara Boxer, the head of the pro-abortion forces in the Senate and an abortion champion.
The SBA List says the contrast between the women couldn’t be more clear.
"We’ve been waiting for Carly Fiorina for a long time–in fact, since the day Barbara Boxer was elected to the U.S. Senate," SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com. "Senator Boxer is one of the most aggressive champions of abortion rights and is endorsed by EMILY’s List."
Meanwhile, in Nevada, three Republicans are vying for the chance to take on Sen. Harry Reid, the formerly pro-life senator whose pro-abortion position has grown over the years as he has ascended the ranks of the Democratic Party to become the Majority Leader.
Pro-life groups have split their endorsements between conservative candidate Sharron Angle, who is leading in recent polls, and former Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden. Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian is also in the race.
Looking at other races, in South Carolina, pro-life Republican state Rep. Nikki Haley is hoping to become the first woman nominated by a major party for governor. Polls show Haley ahead slightly of GOP challengers Rep. Gresham Barrett, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Attorney General Henry McMaster.
The winner would face one of three Democratic gubernatorial candidates, including state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, and the fall election will find a replacement for scandal-plagued, term-limited Gov. Mark Sanford, who is pro-life.
In Iowa, former Gov. Terry Branstad, who is nominally pro-life, is leading businessman Bob Vander Plaats and state Rep. Rod Roberts for the GOP nomination and the right to take on pro-abortion Democrat Chet Culver.
Also, pro-abortion Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is fighting for her political life against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, and may lose a runoff race.
North Dakota voters are set to nominate pro-life Republican Gov. John Hoeven to become the main candidate to replace retiring pro-abortion Sen. Byron Dorgan.
And Virginia Republicans head to the polls to nominate a candidate in Rep. Tom Perriello’s 5th Congressional District seat, which he won by just 727 votes in 2008.
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