By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Primary 2020 proved to be one for the history books in Pennsylvania. First of all, Tuesday’s electoral contest occurred in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, the date of the primary had to be moved from April 28th to June 2nd because of fears of spreading the deadly virus at the polls. Third, this marked the first election where voters could cast mail-in ballots, even if they were planning to be in Pennsylvania on Election Day.
As a result of those mail-in ballots, election results are still being tabulated. However, certain things are known. Eight incumbent Republican Congressmen endorsed by the National Right to Life and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC will be on the fall ballot.
In addition, if current vote count trends hold, 93 percent of all the candidates endorsed by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC will advance to the general election. The high victory rate demonstrates the strength and vitality of the pro-life movement in Pennsylvania.
But residents of the Keystone State cannot become complacent. Pennsylvania is a target of Planned Parenthood’s political arm, which plans to invest countless dollars trying to defeat solid pro-life office-holders and elect pro-abortion challengers, not only in Congress, but in the state legislature as well. The Commonwealth is also considered to be key in pro-life President Trump’s re-election efforts.
Pennsylvania was among the states that put Donald J. Trump over the top in the electoral vote count in 2016, and it remains a battleground state today.
Meanwhile, in statewide contests, pro-life Republican Heather Heidelbaugh will be facing radically pro-abortion Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the fall. Pro-life Auditor General candidate Tim DeFoor, a Republican, will be facing the winner of the Democratic primary (the race is too close to call as of this writing).
Pro-life Republican Stacy Garrity will take on incumbent pro-abortion Democratic Treasurer Joe Torsella.
All of which means, all political eyes will be on Pennsylvania November 3rd!