Kansas voters have chosen to protect abortion rights in their state. The political comeback of a former Missouri governor has been cut short. And the matchup in what will be one of the major gubernatorial races this fall has been set.
Polls have long shown that voters overwhelmingly support protecting abortion rights. But the victory of the “no” vote in Kansas is proof of that and signals that the Supreme Court’s ruling has further angered voters and possibly changed the politics of the issue ahead of the November election.
The “no” leaves the state constitution unchanged. While state lawmakers can always try to pass restrictive abortion laws, Kansas courts have recognized the right to abortion under the state constitution.
“This is further proof of what poll after poll has told us: Americans support abortion rights,” said Christina Reynolds, a senior official at Emily’s List, an organization that seeks to elect women. who support abortion rights. “They think we should be able to make our own health care decisions, and they will vote accordingly, even in the face of misleading campaigns.”
Greitens comeback attempt falls flat
Missouri Republicans breathed a sigh of relief after State Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the open Senate primary, according to a CNN projection.
Schmitt, the attorney general, emerged from a packed field that included two members of Congress, Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long.
Dixon’s victory in Michigan governor’s race sets up referendum on Covid policies
The Michigan showdown could be one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the nation.
Whitmer has cast herself as a bulwark for abortion rights in a state where Republicans have sought to enforce a 1931 law that would impose a near-total ban on abortion.
Dixon, meanwhile, called the race in her victory speech on Tuesday night a referendum on restrictions imposed by Whitmer during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dixon, a mother of four who is supported by the family of former education secretary Betsy DeVos, is also an advocate for school choice – potentially positioning education as a key issue in the mid-term election. – November mandate.
Progressives suffer another defeat in Michigan
It’s also a resounding victory for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and its super PAC, United Democracy Project, which has spent millions supporting moderate and more staunchly pro-Israel candidates in the Democratic primaries.
Stevens and Levin both support Israel, but Levin — who is Jewish — has been more willing to criticize his government’s treatment of Palestinians and is the main sponsor of the Two-State Solution Act.
Progressive Democrats, frequently targeted by AIPAC spending this primary season, have railed against fellow Democrats for accepting or courting the group’s support, which has also contributed to Republican Holocaust deniers. AIPAC has defended the practice, arguing that its political goals need bipartisan support.
J Street, a pro-Israel liberal group that has opposed AIPAC, tried to spur Levin with a $700,000 ad buy in July, but that sum pales in comparison to the millions provided by AIPAC and to more than 4 million dollars spent by the UDP.