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More good news in 2020 Special Elections!

by | May 13, 2020

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director

While COVID-19 is foremost in the news, National Right to Life is continuing our lifesaving work. National Right to Life weighed in on three special elections in 2020. 

Two took place on May 12– in California’s 25th and Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional Districts– and one will come on June 23,  in New York’s 27th Congressional District.

The NRLC-endorsed candidate won in Wisconsin and is ahead in California, which is notoriously slow in counting ballots.

All three contests are classic pro-life vs. pro-abortion elections.

In each race, National Right to Life endorsed the pro-life Republican who faced a pro-abortion Democrat. 

In each race the pro-life Republican opposes abortion on demand and opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. In each race the pro-abortion Democrat supports a policy of abortion on demand.

As we have discussed on many occasions, a majority of voters disagree with the Democrats’ extreme position of abortion on demand through birth.

Following are highlights of the races.


National Right to Life is pleased that Wisconsin voters chose pro-life Congressman-elect Tom Tiffany, a state Senator, in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Tiffany will replace pro-life Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned last fall to help care for his newborn daughter who had medical complications.

Tiffany defeated pro-abortion Democrat Tricia Zunker, a member of the Wausau School Board. Zunker supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion and even wants to use tax dollars for abortion providers.

According to Kristen Nupson, legislative/PAC director for Wisconsin Right to Life, 

“Senator Tiffany’s experience and passion serving Wisconsinites in the state legislature will undoubtedly make him a successful leader and a strong defender of life in the U.S. House of Representatives. His family values make the pro-life cause personal to him, not just political. We need his voice in Washington, D.C., to defend the vulnerable.”


On May 12, voters in California’s 25th Congressional District voted almost entirely by mail in an election to replace pro-abortion Democrat Katie Hill. National Right to Life-endorsed Republican Mike Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, is currently ahead of pro-abortion Democrat state Assemblywoman Christy Smith, 56%to 44%.

However, the California Department of Elections will not confirm the race until June 12:

Election results will change throughout the canvass period as vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots, and other ballots are processed. Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it may take several days for the county elections official to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters.

County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State by June 12, 2020. The Secretary of State will certify the results shortly thereafter.

Interestingly, as late as May 12 – Election Day – media outlets claimed the special election in California “could indicate what’s to come in November.” However, now that Garcia is significantly ahead in the count, they’re dismissing his victory as “expected.”

We are praying that the final results in California’s 25th will give us a pro-life Congressman, and we are looking forward to working with Mr. Garcia.


National Right to Life endorsed pro-life state Senator Chris Jacobs in New York’s 27th Congressional District special election. Jacobs will face pro-abortion Democrat Nate McMurray, former Grand Island town supervisor who was the Democrats’ 2018 congressional candidate.

The seat was left vacant by the resignation of pro-life Congressman Chris Collins. The election was rescheduled to June 23 in light of COVID-19.

We’re on a roll!

In 2019 there were three special elections in which the pro-life candidate endorsed by National Right to Life won. Pro-life Republican Congressmen Dan Bishop (NV 9), Greg Murphy (NC 3), and Fred Keller (PA 12) soundly defeated their pro-abortion opponents in special elections.

Let’s continue that winning streak record with three for three in 2020!

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