Harry Reid’s days as the pro-abortion leader of the U.S. Senate appeared to be numbered as the latest projections ahead of the final weekend before the midterm elections make it appear pro-life candidates will pick up enough seats to take over the Senate.
Reid has done pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s bidding and ensured that abortion-funding Obamacare was passed through on a party-line vote, with not a single Republican voting in favor of the legislation. Reid made sure that no pro-life bills received a vote in the Senate — including measures to stop taxpayer funding of abortions and a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, when unborn babies can feel pain.
LifeNews’ current project, and the projection of most political observers, is that Republicans will come away from the midterm elections having won control of the Senate and having as many as 52-54 votes in the upper chamber.
Republicans are almost certain to pick up seats in Montana, where pro-life Rep. Steve Daines is virtually guaranteed to win and West Virginia, where Rep. Shelley Moore Capito votes 100% pro-life.
In South Dakora, the race has slipped away from Democrats and pro-life Republican former governor Mike Rounds appears poised to beat out pro-abortion Rick Weiland (D) and former GOP senator Larry Pressler. The final poll in Arkansas showed pro-life Rep. Tom Cotton (R) leading pro-abortion Sen. Mark Pryor (D) by 13 points.
Louisiana is one of two races with the potential to go into overtime, but there is a chance pro-life Rep. Bill Cassidy will avoid a runoff against pro-abortion Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) by winning 50 percent of the vote, although likely third-place finisher Rob Maness may prevent that from happening. Either way, expertspredict a pro-life pickup in the southern state.
Colorado is a race where most political pundits expected pro-abortion Sen. Mark Udall (D) would retain his seat but he ran a campaign obsessed with trashing his pro-life opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, on abortion and he has turned himself off to voters to such an extent that Gardner has led in almost every poll. In Alaska, pro-life Republican Dan Sullivan has led every poll for weeks and is expected to knock off pro-abortion Sen. Mark Begich (D).
Iowa has a closely-contested race that has seen pro-life state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) take ont he phony war on women mantra in her race against pro-abortion Rep. Bruce Braley (D). This one will go down to the wire and be part of the races that will determine the size of the Republican majority. Kansas is a similar race that will go to the end, and it has pro-life Sen. Pat Roberts (R) taking on pro-abortion independent Greg Orman. The campaign appears to be swinging back to Roberts after Orman had an early lead. North Carolina rounds out this group of the closest Senate races that will determine whether Republicans have 52, 53 or 54 votes. Here, pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan is fending off a competitive challenge from pro-life Republican Thom Tillis.
Like Louisiana, Georgia could go to a runoff. There, pro-abortion Democrat Michelle Nunn may have a chance to get 50 percent of the vote and avoid an overtime battle but pro-life Republican David Perdue is hoping to pick up steam in the final days. Election observers think Perdue has a better chance in a runoff.
There is a possibiltiy Republicans could pick up a seat in New Hampshire, where pro-abortion Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is leading Republican former senator Scott Brown, who sometimes voted pro-life, but Brown would need a national wave election to help him. In Kentucky, pro-life Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to keep his seat after battling pro-abortion Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Should Repubicans pick up the Senate as expected, pro-life advocates would have control of both the House and Senate and a real opportunity to pass pro-life bills or put pro-life language in must-pass legislation in a way that would force pro-abortion President Barack Obama to either sign the bills or veto them and face intense pro-life opposition.