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One pro-life win down, three to go in upcoming Special Elections

by | Apr 27, 2017

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

Yesterday we celebrated National Right to Life’s meeting with pro-life Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas), who just won a special election to fill the seat of pro-life Rep. Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s new CIA director.

There are three more special elections still to come: Georgia 6, Montana at-large, and South Carolina 5. These vacancies were created when President Trump chose sitting congressmen to fill positions in his cabinet.

Following is an overview of those special elections.


Former Secretary of State Karen Handel with Karen Cross, political director of National Right to Life

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel with Karen Cross, political director of National Right to Life

National Right to Life endorsed Karen Handel (R) following the special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district to replace Rep. Tom Price. Mr. Price stepped down and is now the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The National Right to Life Victory Fund was actively involved in the April 18 special election. Through phone, email contacts, and social media, National Right to Life Victory Fund reached out to identified pro-life households in the district encouraging them to vote against Democrat Jon Ossoff, who supports a policy of abortion on demand, and supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion.

Eighteen candidates vied for Price’s vacant seat. Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, a special runoff will be held on June 20 between the top two: Handel, who is pro-life, and Ossoff, who is not.


On May 25, another pro-life/pro-abortion contest will be held in Montana. This time the special election will be to fill the at-large seat formerly held by pro-life Rep. Ryan Zinke (R), who is now director of the Department of the Interior.

Greg Gianforte (R), who is pro-life and has been endorsed by National Right to Life, will face musician Rob Quist (D), who supports unlimited abortion.

South Carolina

A special primary election will be held on May 2, to replace pro-life Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), who is now the director of the Office of Management and Budget. If no candidate receives 50% in the primary, a primary runoff will be held on May 16. The special general election will be held between the winners of the primaries on June 20.

All voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to send pro-life candidates to Congress, so that we can continue to work to advance vital pro-life public policies.

Look for election updates in future editions of

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