Races to Watch if you care about abortion

With 435 House races, 37 Senate races, and 37 Governor races across 50 states today, it could be tough to follow them all. So we’ve decided to divide up some of the races by theme. You might care mostly about abortion, or government reform. We’ll be looking for trends in the suburbs and among Tea Party insurgents.

So, let’s start with one issue that was largely under the radar — Abortion.

California Senate–Boxer, the champion of legal abortion: Boxer is a favorite of the pro-choice movement. She led the fight to keep partial-birth abortion legal. The fact that she’s in danger this year — in California — has pro-lifers giddy.

Washington Senate–Murray, the champion of government-funded abortions: Murray’s is second only to Boxer in defending abortion. Her “Murray Amendment” is an attempt to begin performing abortions on military bases. Much more than Boxer, Murray is vulnerable this year.

Michael Bennet vs. Ken Buck in Colorado Senate race: Democrats have decided the way to beat conservative Republican Ken Buck in Colorado is to attack him as an extremist on abortion — he opposes it in all cases, even when the child was conceived through rape or incest. If he goes down in a tight race, abortion could be part of it.

Keith Fimian, pro-life Catholic in a socially moderate wealthy district: Rep. Gerry Connolly attacks Fimian for his no-exceptions pro-life stance. Fimian stands firm.

Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill.: Hare is an unapologetic pro-choice liberal in a strong Democratic district, but he could lose to pro-life businessman Bobby Schilling.

Obamacare votes by pro-life Dems or those who claim to be: Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.), Steve Driehaus (Ohio), and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) are pro-life Democrats voted in the end for ObamaCare, even though it contained abortion subsidies. This earned the ire of some pro-life groups, like the Susan B. Anthony List, which has spent money to try to defeat them. Sen. Harry Reid basically fits into this category, since he describes himself as pro-life.

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