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Three Primaries and a Recall

by | May 11, 2012

Pro-life state Treasurer Richard Mourdock won the Republican party nomination for U.S. Senate in Indiana Tuesday

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

     On Tuesday Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia held congressional primaries to determine their party’s nominees for the United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
   The most notable upset of the night was in the Indiana Republican primary where pro-life state Treasurer Richard Mourdock easily defeated incumbent Senator Dick Lugar. Mourdock will face Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) in November’s general election.
   Rep. Donnelly voted to enact President Obama’s pro-abortion ObamaCare, which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will promote the rationing of lifesaving treatments. Richard Mourdock believes that “ObamaCare is unconstitutional and wrong for America.”   As a U.S. senator, he has said he “will work to ensure that it is repealed immediately.”
North Carolina
   In North Carolina, if no candidate receives 40% of the vote in the primary, the two leading candidates advance to a runoff.  Candidates in three of North Carolina’s congressional districts will proceed to runoffs on July 17. All are Republicans.
   The 8th congressional district runoff is between pro-life businessmen Richard Hudson and Scott Keadle. The winner takes on incumbent pro-abortion Rep. Larry Kissell (D) in November.
   The 9th congressional district seat was left open due to the retirement of pro-life Rep. Sue Myrick (R). In the July 17 runoff, pro-life former state Senator Robert Pittenger will face Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph who has mixed positions on pro-life issues.  Whoever prevails will face pro-abortion Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Watson Roberts in November.
   The 11th congressional district seat was also left open by retirement, in this case pro-life Democrat Rep. Heath Shuler. The top two vote getters in Tuesday’s GOP primary were pro-life businessmen Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson. The winner goes up against Rep. Shuler’s former chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, in November.
 West Virginia
   As a result of Tuesday’s voting, pro-life businessman John Raese (R) will challenge Senator Joe Manchin (D), who replaced the late Senator Robert C. Byrd in a special election last November. Manchin has disappointed pro-life West Virginians with his 25% pro-life voting record.
   Manchin voted against defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.  He voted against the repeal of ObamaCare and he voted against an attempt to block funding for ObamaCare.  Manchin voted for the Blunt Amendment which would prevent Obama’s abortion mandates.
   West Virginia Democrats made national news when 41% of voters chose Keith Judd, a convicted felon imprisoned in Texas, over President Obama in the Democratic presidential primary.
    There was probably more attention paid to the results in Wisconsin than anywhere else. Democrats are attempting to recall pro-life Republican Governor Scott Walker. In the recall primary Tuesday, Walker easily defeated token opposition within his party. The encouraging news was in spite of the absence of a serious opponent Walker garnered 15,000 more votes than the two top   Democrats combined.
   The gubernatorial general recall election will be held on June 5 when Walker will once again face pro-abortion Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, as he did in 2010. Only twice in U.S. history has a governor has been recalled from office.
  Six additional congressional primary elections will be held in May.  Idaho, Nebraska, and Oregon will have congressional primaries on May 15. On May 22, Arkansas and Kentucky will hold theirs. On May 29, Texas will hold their congressional primaries which were delayed due to court challenges over redistricting.
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