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Akin to Challenge McCaskill for Missouri Senate Seat

by | Aug 8, 2012

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

Pro-Life Congressman Todd Akin (R-Mo.)

In a race that featured three top-tier pro-life candidates, Congressman Todd Akin won the long anticipated Republican primary for Missouri’s  Senate race. Akin carried 36% of the vote to 30% for businessman John Brunner and 29.2% for former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman.

Akin will challenge pro-abortion Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in November.  The race is considered a tossup by Cook Political Report.

Ann Wagner, the pro-life former Ambassador to Luxembourg, won the Republican nomination to fill Rep. Akin’s  seat. She will compete against Glenn Koenen (D), whose position on abortion is unknown.  According to Cook Political Report, the district is considered safe Republican. 

In Michigan pro-life former Rep. Pete Hoekstra won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a four-way race.  Hoekstra is challenging pro-abortion incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) in a race considered lean Democrat by Cook Political Report.

Also in Michigan, in a seat left vacant by Rep. Thad McCotter (R), pro-life teacher and Iraq veteran Kerry Bentivolio (R) won the Republican nomination and will face pro-abortion Dr. Syed Taj (D).

Under Washington state’s “top two primary” system, the two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary advance to the general election, regardless of party. In the primary for the seat vacated by pro-abortion Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), who is running for governor, pro-life Snohomish County Councilman John Koster (R) came in first with 43%, and pro-abortion former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene (D) was second with 23.3%. Cook Political Report rates this race lean Democrat.

Kansas Right to Life touted this primary election as their “best ever” winning 74% of their state house races and 77% of their state senate races.  All four of their congressmen (Reps. Huelskamp, Jenkins, Yoder, and Pompeo) have 100% pro-life voting records.

Due to redistricting, there were primaries that pitted incumbents against one another. Two pro-abortion incumbent members of Congress lost their seats Tuesday: Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) and Hansen Clarke (D-Mich).

On August 14, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will determine their nominees for the November 6, general election.  Watch National Right to Life News Today for the results of these and other races.

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