West Virginia Pro-Life Group Endorses Republican Raese in Republican Primary
by Steven Ertelt
August 25, 2010
Charleston, WV (LifeNews.com) — West Virginians for Life announced yesterday that its political action committee has decided to endorse Republican Senate candidate John Raese in the upcoming primary election.
The endorsement is not related to the general election in November, where Raese would be expected to face Governor Joe Manchin, the Democratic candidate. Both are seeking to replace the late pro-abortion Sen. Robert Byrd.
Karen Cross, the president of the West Virginia pro-life group, said the pro-life movement needed a strongly pro-life senator to replace Byrd, who compiled an extensive pro-abortion record in Congress.
"We must have strong pro-life candidates in both parties to assure us of having a good pro-life winner in November," said Cross.
"John Raese is a strong pro-life candidate. He has turned in a 100% candidate questionnaire, including the addendum on the Obamacare issue," Cross continued. "He has been pro-life and a supporter of ours for many years. We have always endorsed him in the past. We believe that he deserves our endorsement."
Alice Click, a Raese supporter and pro-life activist from Mason County, told the Huntington News that the endorsement is important.
"This is good news for both John Raese and also good for West Virginians for Life to have a good man running like John Raese," said Click. "While Governor Manchin has shown support for the life agenda in West Virginia in the past, his support of Obamacare with its taxpayer paid abortions is staggering."
She added, "If the Governor doesn’t repudiate Obamacare and soon, I don’t see how he can continue to call himself pro-life. I really don’t."
"However, Raese is adamantly opposed to Obamacare and understood the potential for taxpayer paid abortions when we told him about it months ago," said Click. "His unwavering commitment to the pro-life cause in West Virginia is over 25 years long. Raese is the Real McCoy here."
Manchin is currently in the lead in the Senate contest.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters conducted in late July shows Manchin picking up 51% of the vote when matched against Raese, who picks up 35%. Five percent (5%) would prefer a different candidate and another nine percent (9%) are undecided.
Though five candidates have filed for the Republican nomination, Raese is the most notable. He ran a close race for Senate in 1984, and later challenged Byrd for his seat in 2006. He lost handily.
Both parties primaries will be held on August 28.
While Manchin earns support from 78% of Democrats, Raese attracts only 56% of Republicans. But the Republican holds a twelve-point advantage among voters not affiliated with either major political party.
Related web sites:
West Virginians for Life – https://www.wvforlife.org
Correction: A previous version of this story indicated the WVFL endorsement related to the general election. The endorsement only regards the GOP primary election.
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