Gubernatorial Races See Potential Pickups for Republicans, Pro-Life Candidates
by Steven Ertelt
August 10, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pollster Scott Rasmussen released an analysis today of the gubernatorial races taking place in 37 states. His tally shows Republicans picking up governorships in several states and that means good news for pro-life advocates since some of them will change away from abortion advocates.
Of the 37 races in play this November, 19 of those governorships are now held by Democrats, while Republicans sit in the governors chair in 18 of the states.
"The Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard shows Democrats solidly ahead in three states, with three more leaning their way. Republicans are running strongly in 14 states, and four more are leaning GOP," Rasmussen wrote today.
"Hawaii is the only state with a Republican governor that is considered likely to elect a Democrat in November. But five states now headed by Democrats Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wyoming are seen as likely GOP pickups," Rasmussen added.
In each of those five states, pro-abortion governors who either vetoed pro-life legislation or signed into law bills pro-life groups opposed will be replaced.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion governors are losing seats in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Maine and Pennsylvania appears to be a state where pro-life advocates will pick up a pro-life governor. Republicans appear well-positioned to win in Michigan and Maine, but the GOP candidates are not pro-life advocates.
Thirteen states are currently viewed as toss-ups in the Rasmussen rankings including California, Florida, Illinois and Ohio. The states include six currently with Republican governors and seven with Democrats as their chief executives.
Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio, in particular, are races give pro-life advocates a chance to replace governors who has been a thorn in the side of pro-life groups a chance to have a governor who will embrace pro-life values.
Other tossup states include Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The election of pro-life governors also has the added benefit of helping the pro-life cause in state legislatures across the country.
As Rasmussen noted, "Adding spice to the political mix is the fact that these governors will all be in place as the states redistrict on the basis of new Census figures, a process that sets the boundaries of congressional districts and generally benefits the party in power."
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