By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director
The special election to replace pro-life Rep. Tom Price (R) in Georgia’s 6th congressional district is being lauded by many as a bellwether race for the 2018 elections.
Eighteen candidates vied for Price’s vacant seat. Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, a special runoff will be held on June 20 between the top two: Karen Handel (R), who is pro-life, and Jon Ossoff (D), who is not.
The Georgia 6 special election has become the most expensive House race in political history. More than $30 million has been reportedly spent in the congressional race.
Following the April 18 special election National Right to Life endorsed Handel to replace Rep. Tom Price who stepped down to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Recent polling has Handel with 49%, Ossoff with 47%, and 4% undecided.
The National Right to Life Victory Fund was actively involved in the Georgia 6th special election. Through phone, email contacts, and social media, National Right to Life Victory Fund reached out to identified pro-life households in the district encouraging them to vote against Democrat Ossoff, who supports a policy of abortion on demand, and supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion.
The abortion issue has and will continue to play a central role in elections in 2017. The special election in Kansas’ 4th congressional district won by pro-life Ron Estes was also a clear-cut pro-life/pro-abortion contest.
The National Right to Life Victory Fund phoned thousands of pro-life voters informing them of the differences between the candidates, and posted sharable graphics and articles on social media as well.
On May 25, a pro-life/pro-abortion contest will be held in Montana to fill the at-large seat formerly held by pro-life Rep. Ryan Zinke (R), who is now director of the Department of the Interior.
Greg Gianforte (R), who is pro-life and has been endorsed by National Right to Life, will face musician Rob Quist (D), who supports unlimited abortion.
Most recently, the Omaha mayor’s election, won by National Right to Life-endorsed Republican Jean Stothert, highlighted the problem Democrats have in insisting on supporting only pro-abortion candidates, a problem that will continue to cause them to lose elections across the nation (see story page one).
Stothert defeated challenger Heath Mello, who caved to pressure from pro-abortion Democratic leadership and now supports abortion on demand.
As reported in NRL News Today, in April, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez declared that the DNC would only support candidates who support an extreme abortion agenda of abortion on demand. This position disregards pro-life Democrats and the majority of Americans who do not support unlimited abortion.
“By forcing all Democrats to pledge fealty to the abortion industry’s extreme agenda, Tom Perez has completed the party’s transformation and sent the message that pro-life Democrats are no longer welcome in their party,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life Committee president. “With this pro-abortion litmus test for Democratic candidates, the Democratic Party will continue to lose elections.”
Look for election updates in future editions of nationalrighttolifenews.org.