Since his election to the Senate in 2006, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) has been stalwart in his opposition to rights for unborn children.
Webb did not cast one pro-life vote in his term, instead voting to mandate taxpayer funding of abortion and to expand harmful embryonic stem cell research. Senator Webb also voted for the DISCLOSE Act, which would have penalized grassroots organizations like pro-life groups for speaking out about politicians’ positions.
Early 2012 polls indicate Senator Webb will face a tough reelection, should he decide to seek a second term. Webb is expected to announce his plans in the next few months. Despite electing pro-abortion Senator Webb and voting for pro-abortion President Obama, Virginia leans Republican. In 2009, Virginians elected Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Gov.
Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, all strongly pro-life Republicans endorsed by Virginia Society for Human Life PAC. In 2010, a number of pro-life Republican challengers defeated pro-abortion Democratic incumbents, including long-time pro-abortion Representative Boucher.
Pro-life former Senator George Allen (R), who was defeated by Webb in 2006, has officially announced he will attempt to reclaim his Senate seat in 2012. Though Allen is largely seen as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, some Tea Party activists are rallying behind Jamie Radtke, a mom and Virginia Tea Party organizer. Thus far on the campaign trail, she has not vocalized her position on the right to life. Other potential GOP candidates include state Delegate Robert Marshall and Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Should Webb decide not to run for reelection, the Democrats’ best bet would most likely be former Governor and current Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine. Though self-identifying as pro-life, Kaine’s record indicates a pro-abortion position.
Roll Call Politics has rated the Virginia Senate race as a tossup. Flipping this seat from pro-abortion to pro-life is certainly an attainable goal and will be vitally necessary in achieving a pro-life majority in the US Senate.