Kansas Pro-Life Group Sees Endorsed Candidates in Tuesday’s Primary Win 2-1
by Steven Ertelt
August 5, 2010
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life group Kansans for Life says it had a successful primary election on Tuesday, with pro-life candidates winning their party’s nomination in state House races by a 2-1 margin over other candidates. And in some cases, a loss didn’t mean an abortion advocate will head to the state legislature.
"KFL-favored pro-lifers won their House primary races 2-1," said KFL legislative director Kathy Ostrowski.
"Tuesdays election primaries saw 31 Kansas House races where Kansans for Lifes endorsement or recommendation was in play," she told LifeNews.com. "Our candidates won about twice as often: 20 wins and 11 losses, with 5 House races decided by less than 250 votes."
And in those 11 races where KFL-endorsed candidates lost, the pro-life movement didn’t lose "because some of the non-KFL-endorsed winners are pro-life, and many of the general election opponents without primaries, are pro-life," the legislative leader said.
"Its a nice problem to face races where both partys candidates are pro-life! This is a reflection of the increasing number of national polls where majorities of the public self-identify as pro-life," Ostrowski said.
At the state level, the gubernatorial team of Sam Brownback & Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach, and incumbent state Education Board members John Bacon (district 3) and Ken Willard (district 7).
At the federal level, two successful Congressional candidates had KFLs endorsement: Kansas Sen. Tim Huelskamp in the 1st district and Mike Pompeo in the 4th district.
"We applaud the hard work of all these excellent, pro-life campaigners and their volunteers," Ostrowski said.
Despite the successes, the election was not without disappointing losses.
"We do not want to overlook the deeply disappointing losses of seven endorsed candidates yesterday: veteran pro-life House reps John Faber and Melvin Neufeld, insurance challenger David Powell, state senate challenger David Harvey, and, at the federal level, pro-life champions Todd Tiahrt, Dennis Pyle and Patricia Lightner," the KFL legislative director said.
KFL supported these 10 winning incumbent, pro-life-voting state representatives: Bill Otto (R-9), Forrest Knox (R-13), Mike Burgess (R-51), Joe McLeland (R-94), Phil Hermanson (R-96), Clay Aurand (R-109), Pat Maloney (D-116), Don Hineman (R-118), Jim Morrison (R-121), and Gary Hayzlett (R-122).
KFL supported these 10 challengers who won their primaries: Terry Calloway (R-3), Caryn Tyson (R-4), Terry Lois Gregory (R-10), Kelly Meigs (R-17), Rob Bruchman (R-20), Jana Goodman (R-41), Becky Nioce (R-56), Tom Arpke (R-69), Jim Howell (R-82) and Dan Collins (R-110).
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org
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