Poll: Pro-Life Candidates Received 5-Point Advantage in 2020
A McLaughlin & Associates poll shows that abortion-motivated voters had a significant impact on the November election, National Right to Life News reports:
Nationally, 23% of voters said that the abortion issue affected their vote and voted for candidates who oppose abortion. This compares to just 18% who said abortion affected their vote and voted for candidates who favor abortion, yielding a 5% advantage for pro-life candidates.
In states where National Right to Life’s political committees were most actively involved, 27% of voters said that the abortion issue affected their vote and voted for candidates who oppose abortion. This compares to just 16% who said abortion affected their vote and voted for candidates who favor abortion, yielding an 11% advantage for pro-life candidates in those high-activity states.
Federal races that were decided in favor of an anti-abortion candidate by less than 5 points — in other words, those where single-issue pro-life voters likely decided the election — include:
- Arizona District 6: Rep. David Schweikert (R) over Hiral Tipirneni (D)
- California District 39: Young Kim (R) over Rep. Gil Cisneros (D)
- California District 48: Rep. Michelle Steel (R) over Harley Rouda (D)
- Florida District 26: Carlos Gimenez (R) over Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)
- Florida District 27: Maria Elvira Salazar (R) over Rep. Donna Shalala (D)
- Indiana District 5: Victoria Spartz (R) over Christina Hale (D)
- Iowa District 1: Ashley Hinson (R) over Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D)
- Minnesota District 1: Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R) over Dan Feehan (D)
- Nebraska District 2: Rep. Donald Bacon (R) over Kara Eastman (D)
- North Carolina: Sen. Thom Tillis (R) over Cal Cunningham (D)
- South Carolina District 1: Nancy Mace (R) over Rep. Joe Cunningham (D)
- Texas District 23: Tony Gonzales (R) over Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
- Texas District 24: Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R) over Candace Valenzuela (D)
- Virginia District 5: Rep. Bob Good (R) over Cameron Webb (D)
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