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Ohio Special Election Could Set Tone for 2022 Midterm Elections

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While we are almost a year away from the midterms, a special election in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District this November may provide important insights into what we can expect in 2022. The 15thdistrict typically favors Republicans who have about a 9-point advantage in voter registration, but pro-life Republican Mike Carey is facing a strong opponent in EMILY’s List-backed State Representative Allison Russo (D).

With just a few weeks to go until the special election, Carey is not taking anything for granted.

“This is a special election. This may have an advantage with Republican voters in a normal election year, but there are a lot of people who don’t realize there’s an election going on. It’s about voter turnout,” Carey told The Columbus Dispatch.

Mike Carey is pro-life, and he is endorsed by National Right to Life and Ohio Right to Life PAC. He supports commonsense laws to protect unborn children and their mothers, and he opposes the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions.

“As a father, I believe that life is precious and must be protected. It’s unconscionable that the Democrats caved to Planned Parenthood and excluded the Hyde Amendment from their $1.9 trillion spending bill, allowing your tax dollars to fund abortions,” Mike Carey states on his campaign website.

By contrast, Allison Russo supports a policy of abortion on demand, which would allow abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy. Russo also supports using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. She earned the endorsement of EMILY’s List, a DC-based pro-abortion fundraising machine that doles out hefty sums of money for candidates who embrace their radical abortion-without-limits agenda.

Following the passage of pro-life laws in states like Texas and Oklahoma, abortion advocates and their allies in the mainstream media have declared that pro-abortion voters are motivated unlike ever before. Yet despite this supposed momentum on their side, their chosen candidate in the Ohio special election has largely chosen to stay mum on the issue.

In their press release endorsing Russo, EMILY’s List, which is specifically devoted to electing pro-abortion women, did not even mention abortion. They know their extreme agenda calling for abortion for any reason, at any time in pregnancy is unpopular. They also know that Ohioans do not want their tax dollars being used to pay for abortions.

The Ohio special election will be instructive heading into the 2022 midterms. Democratic candidates in swing states (like Ohio) and swing districts will have to decide whether they will wave their extreme pro-abortion flags freely or try to shirk the issue.

Currently, pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi clings to the House majority by just a handful of seats. Keeping Ohio’s 15th District in the Republican column will be essential for Republicans heading into 2022 when they hope to take back the gavel.

Compare the candidates here and please share with pro-life friends and family.

Early voting is underway now. Election Day is Tuesday, November 2nd.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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