By Andrew Bair
Early voting has begun in the North Carolina primary election. Pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is facing dismal approval numbers with recent polling showing only one-third of North Carolinians look favorably upon her job performance. The same poll shows Obamacare, a law for which Hagan voted and defends, is also underwater in North Carolina. 52% believe the law will worsen the health care system.
The pro-life movement has a great opportunity in North Carolina. Prior to Hagan’s victory in 2008, the seat was held by pro-life Senator Elizabeth Dole. In 2014, there is the chance to put a seat back into pro-life hands. But victory will only be possible with a strong pro-life candidate to face off against Hagan.
National Right to Life has endorsed NC House Speaker Thom Tillis.
“Thom Tillis has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina, and he is the only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan this fall,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.
In response to the endorsement, Tillis told National Right to Life, “This endorsement means more to me than any other recognition I have received in my time in public service. It is a tremendous honor.”
Under Tillis’s leadership as Speaker of the House, the North Carolina legislature passed a number of measures protecting unborn children and their mothers including:
• Women’s Right to Know Act (Speaker Tillis led the effort to override Governor Perdue’s veto of the measure)
• Ethen’s Law recognizing unborn children as victims of violent crime
• Prohibiting North Carolina taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion
• Health & Safety Law – a 2013 omnibus pro-life bill that included language extending conscience protections to health care providers who oppose abortion, opting North Carolina out of abortion coverage in the federal health care exchange, prohibiting sex-selection abortions, prohibiting abortion from being covered in city and county health care plans, banning web-cam abortions, and issuing regulations of abortion clinics
Tillis currently leads a crowded primary field of Republican candidates. In North Carolina, if no candidate receives 40% or more of the vote, the two candidates with the highest number of votes continue on to a runoff election.
A SurveyUSA poll released Thursday shows Tillis just below that marker at 39%. www.politicsnc.com/surveyusacivitas-tillis-looking-good. The second place finisher stands at just 20%. One fifth of the electorate remains undecided.
Early voting has begun and the Primary Election Day is May 6th.