Election 2010 Heats Up For Pro-Life Groups, 100 Days Until November Elections

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 26, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Election 2010 Heats Up For Pro-Life Groups, 100 Days Until November Elections

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 26
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — There are now officially less than 100 days left until Americans head to the polls in what appears likely to become a significant victory for the pro-life community. Polling data has shown that allies of President Barack Obama, the pro-abortion Democrats who currently control Congress, will be losing numerous seats.

With just months before polls open — and less time in states with early voting — the push is on now by pro-life groups and political organization to get involved.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, a pro-life Ohio Republican, says now is the time for those upset with the pro-abortion health care bill Obama and his allies approved to stand up.

“If you’re fed up and want to put a stop to the Obama-Pelosi agenda, this is the time to get involved,” he said this weekend, according to The Hill. “Believe me, every minute you volunteer and every dollar that you contribute over the next 100 days will make a big impact."

Even though the polls are on the side of Republicans capturing a sizable number of seats in both the House and Senate, the GOP is facing a 2-1 fundraising disadvantage.

The Hill indicates the National Republican Congressional Committee, the parties top fundraising arm for congressional candidates, had $17 million in the bank compared with more than $33 million for the committee the Democrats run. The DCCC has already reserved $25 million in television airtime across the country for its candidates.

The national Democratic Party has $50 million it is putting towards the elections and Obama’s grassroots campaign apparatus Organizing for America is beginning to push voter registration and turnout.

Meanwhile, Majority Leader Harry Reid is moving the Senate towards campaign season by ratcheting down the agenda in advance of its August recess but still bring up bills meant to attack Republican candidates.

“We definitely have an agenda for the rest of this work period that creates a sharp contrast between Democrats and Republicans,” one top Democrat aide told CQ.

One of those agenda items is the DISCLOSE Act that pro-life groups oppose because it would place stringent campaign finance limits and requirements on them — including having to disclose the names of donors when doing advertising.

Last week, a new national survey from the Public Policy Polling Institute, which leans Democratic, finds an"enthusiasm gap is still out there and certainly a problem Democrats are going to have to contend with this fall."

The survey found 66% of Republicans ‘very excited’ about voting this fall to only 51% of Democrats, for a 15 point gap.

Similar enthusiasm gaps helped pro-life and Republican candidates — with polls showing it was 26 points in Massachusetts when voters elected Scott Brown to help try to stop the pro-abortion health care bill. Then, about 89% of Republicans and 63% of Democrats were very excited about voting.

The enthusiasm gap was 26 points in Virginia as well where 64% of Republicans and 38% of Democrats were very excited about voting.

The enthusiasm gap is also larger than the one in New Jersey — it was 12 points there with 47% of Republicans and 35% of Democrats ‘very excited’ about voting — that produced an election victory for pro-life Governor Chris Christie.

 

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