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2018 Primary Elections: Will Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky voters defend their pro-life values?

by | May 23, 2018

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

The 2018 primary election season is in full swing. On May 22, primaries were held in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky to determine which candidate will run as his or her party’s nominee on November 6.

There are an unusually number of pro-abortion candidates supported by EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Action, the political arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider, running this year. It will be interesting to see how they fare in November with southern pro-life values voters.

Some perspective is in order. In 2016, pro-life candidates supported by National Right to Life were in 26 head-to-head federal races against EMILY’s List candidates. In spite of an enormous financial disparity, National Right to Life-supported candidates won 21 of those races – 81%.

EMILY’s List is on target to raise and spend $90 million dollars in the 2018 election cycle, while Planned Parenthood and allies have pledged to spend $30 million.

Following is an overview of the primary elections by state:


The results of Arkansas’ gubernatorial primaries are in, and pro-life Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson will face pro-abortion Democrat attorney Jared Henderson. When asked about abortion, Henderson is evasive and says he “understands the complexity of the abortion debate.” However when asked directly whether abortion should allowed, he says yes.

All four of Arkansas’ congressional races will be pro-life vs. pro-abortion elections. Pro-life Republican Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman will face candidates who support abortion.

Three of the districts are considered safe Republican. Second district Republican Congressman French Hill is being challenged by pro-abortion state Rep. Clarke Tucker (D) in a district that went 52% for Trump in 2016. The second district is considered lean Republican.


In Georgia’s gubernatorial race, a runoff will take place on June 25 to determine whether pro-life Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) or pro-life Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) will secure the GOP nomination. The winner of that runoff will face Democratic state Rep. Stacey Abrams, who is pro-abortion and wants government funding to continue to go to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Not surprisingly, Abrams is supported by Planned Parenthood’s political arm, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List.

The New York Times said of Abrams:

“The candidacy of Stacey Abrams, a liberal former state house leader, will test just how much Georgia’s traditionally conservative politics are shifting.”

Will Georgia voters overlook their pro-life values and elect someone so extreme on abortion that she supports unlimited abortion for any reason? Or will they vote to elect a pro-life governor, maintaining the state’s strong pro-life values?

Of note, in Georgia’s sixth district, pro-life Congresswoman Karen Handel (R) is facing a challenge by pro-abortion Democrat Lucy McBath, another EMILY’s List candidate. EMILY’s List is a radical pro-abortion group which only supports Democratic women who support abortion on demand, and unlimited taxpayer funding of abortion.

And in Georgia’s seventh congressional district, a runoff will be held on June 25 to determine whether David Kim, who is pro-abortion, or Carolyn Bourdeaux, a pro-abortion EMILY’s List candidate, will win the Democrat nomination to challenge pro-life Congressman Rob Woodall (R) on November 6.


The congressional race in Kentucky’s sixth district is considered lean Republican. Pro-abortion Democrat Amy McGrath is challenging pro-life Congressman Andy Barr (R) for that seat. The district went 55% for Trump in 2016.

In Kentucky’s third congressional district, pro-life former state Health Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson (R) is challenging the state’s only pro-abortion congressman, Rep. John Yarmuth (D).

Next up, on June 5, voters will go to the polls in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. Be sure to look for election updates in future editions of

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