2018 Primary Elections: Good news in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia!

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

The 2018 primary election season is in full swing. On May 8, primaries were held in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia to determine which candidate will run as his or her party’s nominee on November 6.

Pro-life Republican candidates Mike Braun, Jim Renacci, and Patrick Morrisey won their Senate primaries in Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia, respectively.

They are challenging Democratic incumbent senators Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), and Joe Manchin (WV).

Each of these Democrats has voted repeatedly in favor of funding hundreds of millions of dollars for Planned Parenthood, which performs about one out of every three abortions in America! The contrasts with their Republican counterparts are stark.

Following are highlights from last Tuesday which focus on races for the House of Representative and governor.


Reps. Todd Rokita (4th) and Luke Messer (6th) decided to run for the U.S. Senate, which means two congressional seats are open.

In Indiana’s 4th congressional district, pro-life state Rep. Jim Baird will face pro-abortion Democrat Tobi Beck.

In the 6th congressional district, pro-life Greg Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s brother, won the primary. He will square off against Democrat Jeannine Lake, whose position on abortion is unknown.

Both districts are considered safe Republican.


As a result of the primary, in Ohio’s gubernatorial race, pro-life Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) will face Democrat Richard Cordray, who is pro-abortion and wants government funding to continue to go to Planned Parenthood. Not surprisingly, Cordray is supported by Planned Parenthood’s political arm.

Ohio’s 12th district is vacant due to Rep. Pat Tiberi’s resignation. Pro-life state Senator Troy Balderson (R) will face pro-abortion Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Conner (D), who is supported by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

A special election will be held on August 7, to determine who will serve out the remainder of Tiberi’s term until January 3. There will be the regularly scheduled general election on November 6, 2018, to elect the 12th district’s representative for the116th Congress, which meets from 2019 to 2021.

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzales, a pro-life Republican, will face pro-abortion Democrat Susan Moran Palmer in Ohio’s 16th district. The seat was vacated by pro-life Rep. Jim Renacci who successfully ran for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

A number of Ohio’s incumbent congressmen will have traditional pro-life vs. pro-abortion contests, including pro-life Congressmen Steve Chabot, Dave Joyce and Steve Stivers.


All three of West Virginia’s congressional races will be pro-life vs. pro-abortion elections. Both pro-life Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney will face pro-abortion opponents.

West Virginia’s third congressional district was open due to pro-life Rep. Evan Jenkins’ unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate.

Pro-life state Delegate Carol Miller (R) will face state Sen. Richard Ojeda (D) in November. Del. Miller has a 100% pro-life record in the West Virginia House of Delegates, while Sen. Ojeda voted to continue using state tax dollars to pay for abortion on demand, , and he supports giving hundreds of millions of dollars of government funds to abortion providers.

On May 15, voters will go to the polls in Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Be sure to look for election updates in future editions of www.nationalrighttolifenews.org.