Pro-Life Women Win Big in Tuesday Primary Elections in California, Nevada

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

Pro-Life Women Win Big in Tuesday Primary Elections in California, Nevada

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 9
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Tuesday’s primary elections saw the political landscape in a few states move in the direction of pro-life women and one pro-life organization is delighted by the results. With Carly Fiorina’s Senate victory in California and Sharron Angle’s in Nevada, pro-life women are now on center stage.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will face Sen. Barbara Boxer, the leader of the pro-abortion forces in the Senate, this November.

Fiorina cruised to an easy victory in the race for the Republican nomination defeating pro-abortion former Rep. Tom Campbell and pro-life state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. She took home 54 percent compared with 26 percent for Campbell and 19 percent for DeVore.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement that “Carly Fiorina is helping to usher in the year of the pro-life woman.”

She added, "With the victories of pro-life leaders Carly Fiorina in California and Sharron Angle of Nevada, the void of a pro-life woman’s voice in the Senate could finally be filled this November."

"We have worked tirelessly on her behalf to reach voters who are hungry for a strong, pro-life alternative to Barbara Boxer. In choosing Carly Fiorina, California voters have endorsed an authentic feminist and set the stage for a battle of opposites in November," the pro-life women’s leader added.

State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle earned the right to face pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this November.

Angle led the race with 60 percent of the votes compared with 39 percent compared with 28 percent for former Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden and businessman Danny Tarkanian receiving 23 percent.

Reid’s dismal polling numbers and his heavy push for the pro-abortion health care bill make him especially vulnerable this November.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn said Angle has a shot at beating Reid.

“Nevadans’ disapproval of Harry Reid ’s job in Washington is rivaled only by the overwhelming unpopularity of the massive health spending bill that he rammed through Congress earlier this year,” Cornyn said.

Dannenfelser told that abortion advocates will heavily target Fiorina and Angle because they don’t like pro-life women getting any attention.

"We’re against pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List whose views of feminism are out of sync with the majority of Americans, yet are well-funded by a wealthy, powerful minority," she said. "They’ll do everything they can to defeat pro-life advocates like Carly and Sharron because they know what’s at stake, the very underpinnings of their movement, which advances the rights of one group on the broken backs of another."

"They know that a Senator Carly Fiorina and a Senator Sharron Angle mean the voice of authentic feminism is strengthened and their outdated views are left in the dust," she added.

Looking at the California campaign, the SBA List was the first pro-life group to endorse Carly Fiorina for Senate.

It’s $215,000 independent expenditure campaign in the days leading up to the primary highlighted what Dannenfelser called her strong leadership and pro-life stance through an aggressive online advertising and e-mail campaign, targeted calls to 600,000 registered voters and direct fundraising from its membership.

Dannenfelser said of the efforts, “The stakes are high in California because, until this election, Barbara Boxer’s radical, pro-abortion agenda has dominated as the woman’s opinion in the Senate. In November, one woman will emerge as the true voice for women.

“The SBA List will work tirelessly to elect Carly Fiorina. Her pro-woman, pro-life platform will lead the return to feminism’s pro-life roots," she told

The Susan B. Anthony List plans to spend $6 million on voter education in the midterm elections, including $3 million on key Senate races, $1 million in bundled direct candidate contributions from SBA List members and $1 million on its plan to target “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care bill.

In South Carolina, pro-life Republican state lawmaker Nikki Haley cruised to a commanding lead but fell short of the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff election, scheduled for June 22.

She will face pro-life U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, who came in at a distant second.

In New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District, Anna Little leads with less than 100 votes in a race that has not yet been called and, in South Dakota, Kristi Noem received 42% of the vote in South Dakota’s At-Large Republican Primary.

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