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So how did abortion influence the Virginia elections? Not the way pro-abortionists assumed it would

by | Nov 4, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

Let’s be sure to add the cautionary note that while what happens in one state won’t necessarily be the case in another, the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial race in the Commonwealth of Virginia may prove to be the exact opposite of what pro-abortionists were counting on.

As we know, pro-life Glenn Youngkin defeated pro-abortion Terry McAuliffe and in the process swept in the pro-life Republican candidates for Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Topping off an amazing day for pro-lifers, Republicans took back control of the House of Delegates.

Note that McAuliffe—and Lt. Gov. Candidate Hala Ayala and incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring—all dipped into the same playbook. Abortion was going to be the issue that carried them over the threshold, particularly so since passage of S.J.8, the Texas Heartbeat law.

John McCormack showed how THAT worked out, in a post on National Review Online.

Since the Texas Heartbeat Act took effect on September 1, McAuliffe ran hard on the issue of abortion — hammering it in TV ads, speeches, and the debates. McAuliffe warned that — with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear a case in December that could result in Roe v. Wade being overturned — Glenn Youngkin would ban all abortions in Virginia and women would die as a result. McAuliffe even campaigned at an abortion clinic.

But the Democratic candidate’s abortion attack was an electoral failure. It may have even backfired.

McCormack notes that 

On September 1, McAuliffe led Youngkin by 5.2 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average. Despite wall-to-wall media coverage of the Texas abortion law for the following two weeks, the polls continued to tighten in Virginia.

So what did the exit polling from CNN tell us? When asked what was the “most important issue” in deciding how they would vote, eight percent of Virginia voters said abortion, “and this group of voters broke 60 percent to 40 percent in favor of Youngkin.”

Youngkin did a ju-jitsu-like maneuver. He simply laid out what he (was) for and against—for a pain-capable bill and against state funding of abortion, for example—and exposed McAuliffe for the genuine radical on abortion that he is.

“Youngkin countered McAuliffe’s attacks by highlighting McAuliffe’s own extremism on taxpayer funding of abortion and late-term abortion,” McCormick wrote.(space) ”McAuliffe executed a flip-flop-flip on whether he would sign Democrat Kathy Tran’s radical late-term abortion bill. Despite running hard on abortion, McAuliffe would not say if he’d sign a bill providing Medicaid funding for elective abortions.”

Lesson? The country has a litany of real issues, which the Democrats (who control Congress) and “Democratic attempts to demagogue abortion appear unlikely to save them at the polls.”

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