November 8, 2011: Election Day

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

One year out from the 2012 general election, voters in parts of the nation have been busy with “off-year” and special elections. Following is an overview of today’s elections.

Oregon Special Primary Results

Tonight Oregon voters determined the general election matchup in Oregon’s special election to replace pro-abortion Rep. David Wu (D) in Oregon’s first congressional district. Wu resigned amid scandal.

The results are that pro-life Republican businessman Rob Cornilles will face pro-abortion Democratic state Senator Suzanne Bonamici, an EMILY’s List candidate, in the Special General election on January 31, 2012. The two won their primaries in a vote by mail election. EMILY’s List endorses only the most militant pro-abortion female Democratic candidates.

Virginia Election Gives Pro-Life Majority Control in Both Houses

Virginia’s off-year election proved to be beneficial for the babies. Pro-lifers already control the governor’s office and the House of Delegates. Tuesday’s election in Virginia replaced two pro-abortion state senators with two pro-life senators, giving pro-life Senators control in the Commonwealth. (Pro-life candidates easily retained control of the House of Delegates.)

A nail-biter to the end, pro-abortion Democratic state Senator Edd Houck, Chair of the Senate Health and Education Committee, appears to have lost by 86 votes to his pro-life challenger, a race in which Virginia Society for Human Life PAC, a National Right to Life affiliate, played a key role.

“This election proves that the pro-life increment is decisive in close races,” added Holly Smith, Virginia Society for Human Life PAC chairman. “We devoted our efforts to educating voters on the extreme voting records of pro-abortion incumbent senators. As of this writing, pro-life challenger Bryce Reeves leads pro-abortion incumbent State Sen. Edd Houck, in a race where the life issue was dominant in the closing days of the campaign. Once the results are confirmed, we will have the votes we need in the General Assembly to pass meaningful laws to protect innocent life.”

Olivia Gans, Virginia Society for Human Life President, agreed.

“For far too many years pro-abortion members of the Virginia Senate have controlled the fate of protective pro-life legislation in the General Assembly,” she said. “Pro-lifers are in the majority in the House of Delegates but pro-abortion members in charge of the Senate Health and Education Committee have ensured that every pro-life bill is killed without any debate.”

Gans believes, “The victories in this election will allow us to work toward the passage of truly protective legislation, like the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and continue the prominent legislative legacy of VSHL.”

Governor’s Races

In Kentucky, pro-life challenger state Senate President David Williams (R) was unable to defeat pro-abortion incumbent Governor Steve Beshear (D).

Because pro-life Governor Haley Barbour (R) was term-limited, Mississippi’s gubernatorial seat was open. Fortunately, there were two pro-life candidates competing. Pro-life Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant (R) defeated his pro-life challenger Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree (D).

On October 22 Louisiana’s popular pro-life Governor Bobby Jindal (R) was re-elected, garnering more than 65% of the vote in a ten way race.