Pro-Life Candidates Lead Senate Races in Wisconsin, Ohio, NH, Washington

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Candidates Lead Senate Races in Wisconsin, Ohio, NH, Washington

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 12
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A new slate of polls shows pro-life candidates holding leads in a handful of top Senate races, close in others and losing in Delaware. As has noted, there is a chance pro-life advocates could take control of the Senate from pro-abortion leaders, including Harry Reid.

In New Hampshire, pro-life Republican Kelly Ayotte for the third month in a row earns more than 50% of the vote against Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in New Hampshire shows Ayotte with 51% support to Hodes’ 44%, unchanged from a month ago. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided.

"Ayotte has posted 51% support since August and, in five surveys prior to that back to February, earned 46% to 50% of the vote. Hodes’ support has ranged from 35% to 44% since February," the polling firm noted.

Rasmussen’s new Wisconsin poll reveals pro-life Republican challenger Ron Johnson continues to earn more than 50% of the vote in his U.S. Senate bid against pro-abortion incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold.

Feingold, who has represented the state in the Senate since 1993, earns 45% of the vote. Two percent (2%) are undecided.

Two weeks ago, Johnson, who has the backing of Wisconsin Right to Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin, held a 54% to 42% lead over Feingold. In surveys since May, Johnson’s support has risen from 44% to a high of 54%. Feingold in that same period has picked up 42% to 46%.

And the polling firm shows pro-life Republican Rob Portman has now jumped to a 23-point lead over Democratic Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, making it virtually a certainty he will be elected.

Meanwhile, a new Fox News poll shows pro-life Republican Dino Rossi with a 1-point lead over incumbent Sen. Patty Murray and the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls now has Rossi in the lead – showing him gaining the momentum in the race.

Rossi’s 47 percent to 46 percent advantage among likely voters is a 3-point swing from the first Fox News poll, conducted September 25, when Murray led by one percent.

Today, Murray is launching a rough new commercial that hammers Rossi, a Roman Catholic, for supporting restrictions on abortion and opposing government subsidies for it.

On the downside, pro-life Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware is not catching up to her pro-abortion opponent, Chris Coons, according to a new Fox News poll.

She trails Coons by 16 points in a survey of likely voters, 54 percent to 38 percent. The numbers are essentially unchanged from a Fox News survey taken the week after her primary victory against pro-abortion Rep. Mike Castle.

Two polls in races where no pro-life candidates exist are also important because, ironically, pro-life advocates need the pro-abortion candidates to win for the Senate to be controlled by pro-life lawmakers.

Fox News shows Republican Linda McMahon cut her Democrat Richard Blumenthal’s advantage in Connecticut’s Senate race from 10 percentage points to 6 points in a week.

And Rasmussen has Republican Congressman Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias remain deadlocked in Illinois’ race for the U.S. Senate. It has Giannoulias, the current state treasurer, picking up 44% of the vote, while Kirk draws support from 43%. Both candidates back abortion.


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