Washington Voters Set Up Pro-Abortion Versus Pro-Life Race in Murray, Rossi
by Steven Ertelt
August 18, 2010
Olympia, WA (LifeNews.com) — Washington state voters went to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in the state’s unique multi-candidate, multi-party primary and they decided to set up a November matchup between pro-life candidate Dino Rossi and current pro-abortion incumbent Sen. Patty Murrary.
Murray took 46 percent of the primary vote to Rossi’s 34 percent, with Rossi getting a lower total because of the multiple Republicans in the race seeking to face Murray.
Rossi defeated pro-life candidate Clint Didier, a former pro football player who was backed by Sarah Palin and some Tea Party activists.
"After tonight, we’re one step farther along in our conversation about what kind of country we want to be," he said at a victory rally. "I respect Senator Murray, but her ideas don’t work."
Rossi, the former Sammamish state senator and two-time candidate for governor, and Murray will now embark on a Senate race that is projected as one of the toss-ups across the country and one in which millions will be spent on either side.
Polling data show the closeness of the race and give Murrary a small lead at this point.
A PPP poll pitting the two against each other, and that was conducted at the end of July, had Murrary leading Rossi 49-46 percent. A similar Rasmussen poll from late July showed Murray ahead 49-47 percent.
During the race, Rossi is expected to get the support of pro-life advocates, according to Joe Fuiten, the former president of Washington Evangelicals for Responsible Government.
"Dino Rossi was always to be counted on in the pro-life concerns," he said of his time in the state legislature.
Fuiten says some of the concern about Rossi is because the candidate doesn’t talk about abortion much in a state that favors abortion and voted to legalize assisted suicide.
"Dino has apparently not been willing to make abortion the centerpiece of his campaign. I do not understand pro-lifers who criticize the man saying he is not really pro-life," he said. "Until we achieve greater success in the general population with our message there will not be a lot of legislative success. In the meantime, we have work to do but the work is not to treat solid conservative pro-lifers like Rossi as if they were Patty Murray."
"I think successful armies fire at their opponents not their friends. Dino Rossi is a friend to us in the pro-life community," he said.
Murrary, on the other hand, has a clear pro-abortion record, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
She receives a 0% pro-life rating by virtue of her voting for the pro-abortion health care bill, to require taxpayers to fund abortions in various instances, and against health care for unborn children.
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