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Oh What a Night! Pro-life Candidate Successes in Primary Elections

by | Jul 1, 2014


By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

This has been the busiest primary season in recent history! So far, 31 states have held their primaries or conventions, two districts have held special elections in which National Right to Life was involved, and several primaries have required runoffs.

The primaries that took place Tuesday, June 24, occurred right in the middle of last-minute preparations for National Right to Life’s annual convention. But the results of the primaries were so impressive that even though they took place last week, it’s important to bring News Today readers up to speed.

There were primaries in five states–Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah. Add to that a runoff in Mississippi, and a special general election in Florida’s nineteenth congressional district. It was a busy night for political junkies everywhere.

And it was a great night for pro-life candidates, and for the babies!

Curt Clawson

Curt Clawson

Florida’s 19th Congressional District Special Election

Pro-life businessman Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), defeated pro-abortion Democrat April Freeman, who is closely aligned with the pro-abortion group EMILY’s List, in last night’s special election in Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

Clawson (R), who was endorsed by National Right to Life, soundly won the election with 67% percent of the vote, to replace Congressman Trey Radel. Congressman-elect Clawson will be sworn in this week.

Following his election, it was nice to receive a text from Curt Clawson saying, “Glad to join our cause in the protection of life.”

Mississippi Senate Runoff

Because neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote in Mississippi’s June 3 primary election, Senator Thad Cochran and state Senator Chris McDaniel, both of whom are pro-life, proceeded to a June 24 runoff. In Mississippi, if a candidate does not garner more than 50% of the vote, a runoff is held between the top two vote-getters.

Senator Thad Cochran won the run-off by fewer than 7,000 votes. According to published reports, “He [Cochran] is now strongly favored against [former] Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat whose potential for success was largely based on a McDaniel victory.”


Pro-life Congressman Cory Gardner (R) is challenging pro-abortion Senator Mark Udall (D). Both were unopposed in their primaries and will advance to the November general.

Pro-life Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (R) won the Republican nomination and will face Democrat Vic Meyers in the open 4th congressional district.

New York

New York had a phenomenal night. Pro-life candidates Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin won the GOP nominations and will proceed to the November 4 general election.

National Right to Life-endorsed candidate, Elise Stefanik, soundly defeated Matt Doheny in the 19th congressional district. This race is considered a tossup.

In the first congressional district, pro-life state Senator Lee Zeldin won the GOP nomination despite being outspent 3 to 1 by George Demos. News reports claim that because Zeldin is the Republican nominee challenging pro-abortion Rep. Tim Bishop, this will become a “top battleground” race.


Pro-life Congressman James Lankford defeated former Speaker T.W. Shannon, who is also pro-life. Lankford avoided a runoff by garnering 57% of the vote to Shannon’s 34%.

Lankford’s opponent has not yet been determined. In the Democratic primary, neither candidate received 50% of the vote, therefore pro-abortion state Senator Connie Johnson and Jim Rogers, a perennial candidate whose position is unknown, will advance to an August 26 runoff to determine the Democratic nominee.

The race is rated “solid R“ by Cook political Report.

We netted lots of opportunities in November!

Oh what a night! I could get used to this!

Look for election updates in future National Right to Life News and National Right to Life News Today.

Categories: Politics