By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director
Two special elections held Tuesday stunned pro-abortion Democrats who were sure one election was in the bag and the second winnable.
Two weeks ago pro-abortion New York Assemblyman David Weprin was the odds on favorite to win in the state’s 9th Congressional District, replacing fellow Democrat Anthony Weiner. The optimism seemed well placed; a three-to-one Democratic voter registration advantage meant that the district has been a Democratic stronghold for decades. Democrats had held the seat for the better part of a century.
But with the help of National Right to Life PAC, pro-life Republican businessman Bob Turner overcame Weprin and the last minute infusion of a half million dollars from the Democratic Congressional Committee. The final margin exceeded even the wildest GOP hopes, 54% to 46%.
Early on Nevada Democrats had high hopes of winning the 2nd Congressional seat vacated by pro-life Congressman Dean Heller who was appointed to the Senate following the resignation of Senator John Ensign. Adding to the Democrats’ anticipation was that in the 2008 presidential election, the 2nd congressional district was the nation’s most competitive house district. Senator John McCain won by fewer than 100 votes.
Instead, again with the help of National Right to Life PAC, pro-life former state Senator Mark Amodei (R) resoundingly defeated pro-abortion state Treasurer Kate Marshall, 58% to 36%.
Clear and unmistakable differences between the candidates in both special elections on life issues
Republican Congressmen-elect Turner and Amodei oppose abortion and oppose taxpayer funding of abortions. They also oppose Obama’s pro-abortion, pro-rationing health care plan, and will vote to repeal it.
Democrats Weprin and Marshall support a policy of abortion on demand, and support Obama’s pro-abortion, pro-rationing health care plan. David Weprin even voted to pay for abortions in New York using tax dollars.
Marshall’s position on abortion is extreme as evidenced by her endorsement by the pro-abortion PAC, EMILY’s List. EMILY’s List endorses only female candidates who support abortion-on-demand, partial-birth abortion, and taxpayer funding of abortions.
Abortion continues to be an issue felt more passionately by pro-lifers than by pro-abortionists. The advantage among citizens who vote based on the abortion issue has consistently redounded to the benefit of the pro-life candidate.
For example, in 2010, 30% of all voters said that abortion affected their vote. Of that 30%, 22% voted for pro-life candidates to only 8% who voted for pro-abortion candidates–a net advantage of 14% for pro-life candidates.
Because of this “pro-life increment,” National Right to Life Political Action Committee had an impressive track record in 2010.
In 2010, National Right to Life PAC actively worked in 130 of the most competitive federal races nationwide. Of those, we won 88. And because pro-life candidates won so resoundingly, Congress is debating and voting on pro-life legislation once again.
Looking ahead to 2012, it is encouraging that Democrats had to spend $500,000 in an unsuccessful attempt to defend a seat that should have been theirs. No doubt the unpopularity of pro-abortion President Barack Obama contributed to Weprin’s defeat. Recent polling has shown that support among Democrats for President Obama in New York’s ninth district has fallen to 43%. In addition 68% of Independents hold an unfavorable view of the President.
Just as did 2010, 2012 holds out the realistic possibility that pro-lifers can win in areas undreamed of only a year ago.
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