Democrats aren't wasting any time seizing on the abortion issue

After abortion rights advocates prevailed decisively on a Kansas ballot measure this week, Democrats are putting the issue right at the center of their attacks against newly minted Republican nominees in key midterm races.

在亚利桑那州, 民主党参议员. Mark Kelly hit the airwaves this week with an ad criticizing Blake Masters, who won Tuesday’s Republican primary, for hisdangerous ideas on abortion.” 相似地, Senate Majority PAC, a group with ties to Senate Democratic leadership, began airing an ad highlighting Masters’ “因为……原因……” abortion views.
    在密歇根州, a group aligned with the Democratic Governors Association launched an ad against Tudor Dixon shortly after she won the Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday featuring clips of her saying she does not support abortion ban exemptions in cases of rape or incest.
      That Democrats are choosing to kick off their general election campaigns in critical states with paid messaging focused entirely on abortion shows that the party sees the issue as its best hand to play in a political environment that has otherwise been largely unfavorable.
        Democrats were already confident the issue would become more salientand work to their benefitin the November elections after the Supreme Court 推翻 具有里程碑意义的 Roe v. Wade ruling in June.
        But they became even more emboldened 本星期. Voters in the red state of Kansas rejected a ballot measure that would have removed abortion protections from the state’s constitution by 18 点数. The margin and the level of turnout surprised members of both parties. 如 CNN’s Harry Enten noted, there were more than 900,000 votes counted for the amendment, compared to less than 750,000 for the state’s gubernatorial primaries. 都说了, turnout was up nearly 60% for Kansasprimaries this year compared to 2018.
          While that is all promising for the Democrats, their challenge going forward will be channeling the energy of abortion rights proponents for elections, like those in Arizona or Michigan, that aren’t straight up-or-down votes on the issue. (Though notably, there will likely be a measure on the November ballot in Michigan to enshrine abortion rights into the state’s constitution.)
          Polls have shown that clear majorities oppose the court’s Roe v. Wade decision and that abortion is rising up the public’s priority list. But the issue has still not surpassed the economy and inflation as the top concern, and Democrats are still fighting the headwinds presented by President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings.
            重点: At the very least, the abortion issue can help Democrats maximize turnout among their base this fall. To avoid the midterm blowouts the president’s party has faced in recent cycles, Democrats will need it to become a stronger motivational force for swing voters too.