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2013 Election Update: Alabama, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia

by | Sep 25, 2013

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

Election20133Alabama Congressional

Primary elections were held on September 24 to determine the Democratic and Republican nominees in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. The seat is vacant following pro-life Rep. Jo Bonner’s resignation to become vice chancellor for the University of Alabama.

With nine candidates running in the Republican primary, no candidate received 50 percent of the vote. The November 5 runoff will be between pro-life former state Senator Bradley Byrne and pro-life businessman Dean Young.

The winner of that runoff will face Burton LeFlore (D) in a special general election on December 17, 2013.

The district went 61% for Romney in 2012.

“Alabama Citizens for Life is optimistic CD 1 will be won by a pro-life conservative as this the home of Mobile Right to Life, one of the oldest and largest of our chapter affiliates,” said Cheryl Ciamarra, Alabama Citizens for Life Board Director to the National Right to Life Committee. “Dean Young and Bradley Byrne both respect life.”

New Jersey Senate

Pro-life former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) will face pro-abortion Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) in a special general election October 16. The vacancy came about because of the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D). The winner will fill the Senate seat for the remainder of the term which ends January 3, 2015.

On September 24, Quinnipiac University released a new poll showing Lonegan in a closer-than-expected contest with Booker. Booker is leading among likely voters 53% to 41%, with 5% undecided and 5% saying they are likely to change their minds before the October 16 election.

Senator Jeffrey Chiesa (R), who was appointed to fill the seat until the special election winner is sworn in, declined to run in the special election.

Louisiana congressional

A special election has been called in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to replace pro-life Rep. Rodney Alexander (R), who is resigning to accept an appointment as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

There are no party primaries in Louisiana. Thus on October 19 all 14 candidates will appear together on the ballot. If no candidate receives 50%, a general election between the top two candidates (regardless of party affiliation) will be held on November 16.

The district went 61% for Romney in 2012.

Massachusetts congressional

Primary elections are scheduled for October 15, in Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District, to replace pro-abortion Rep. Ed Markey (D).

On June 25 Markey won the Senate special election to replace pro-abortion Senator John Kerry (D), who became United States Secretary of State.

The special general election will take place on December 10.

The district went 62% for Obama in 2012.

Gubernatorial Elections

Gubernatorial elections will be held on November 5 in Virginia and New Jersey, the only two states to have gubernatorial elections in the odd-numbered years.

Virginia allows a governor to serve only one term. Vying to replace Bob McDonnell are pro-life Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and pro-abortion Democratic Terry McAuliffe.

A Washington Post poll taken between September 19 and 22 found McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli 49% to 44 % among likely voters. In a three-way race that included Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, the results were: McAuliffe 47%, Cuccinelli 39%, and Sarvis 10%.

Sarvis has a mixed position on abortion, claiming to be “fairly moderate” and “fairly negative” on abortion.

51% of Virginia’s voters were for Obama in 2012. (See “Even pro-abortion newspapers in Virginia find McAuliffe shallow and glib”)

Finally, in New Jersey pro-life Governor Chris Christie (R) will face pro-abortion state Senator Barbara Buono (D).

Christie is averaging more than a 20 percent advantage over Buono in polling during the past month, according to Real Clear Politics.

58% of New Jersey voters went for Obama in 2012. Governor Christie won with 49% of the vote in 2008.

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