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The Supreme Court decision that struck down Roe v. Wade could stop the advancement of the GOP’s blue state, Democrats allege, by rousing at least part of the coalition that led to the big victories two or four years ago.s, according to Politico.
Conservatives this year have campaigned in entities that are reliably liberal like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico, all states that have recently given Democrats double-digit wins, and all states where abortion is legal. and keep Roe vs. Wade was very popular.
“In New Mexico, I think this is going to be answered [con] a clear call to action from women and men, from voters across that spectrum, who might have been, in the midterms, more lethargic,” said New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, former president of the Association of Democratic Governors who is running for re-election this year.
Nevertheless, Some Democrats believe the return of abortion policy to states across the country could limit an expanding battlefield, which has turned more favorable to Republicans as the midterms draw closer.Politico reported.
“For a long time, many voters didn’t believe there was a threat to the status quo: legal access to abortion,” said Marshall Cohen, political director of the DGA. “Even in the bluest states where there are protections in state law, the extremism of Republican candidates is exceptionally unpalatable to a wide swath of voters, not just Democrats, but independents and moderate Republicans as well.”
The Democratic Party quickly repudiated Friday’s ruling, criticizing the Republican candidates as extremists who disagree with public opinion.
They put forward the vision of a nationwide ban, something Senate Minority Leader Mich McConnell said was “possible,” as a reason liberal-leaning voters can’t risk leaving the fold in this moment, even in the reliably blue entities that have legislated abortion.
Until the court’s ruling on Friday, Democrats were using the justices’ leaked draft to try to create some distance between themselves and Republicans.
In Colorado, where Democratic Governor Jared Polis, like Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, could face major Republican rivals in November.
“We cannot let the court have the last word. If they do, our daughters will have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers,” Bennett said. “We need to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, no matter where she lives. We need to elect pro-choice Democrats this November who will protect a woman’s right to choose.”
The urgency of this moment leaves a sour taste in the mouths of some Colorado liberals. In 2014, then-Democratic Sen. Mark Udall cleanly focused his re-election campaign against Republican rival Cory Gardner on reproductive rights.
Udall lost that year to Garder, who voted to confirm former President Donald Trump’s three Supreme Court appointments, thus creating the 5-4 majority to strike down Roe vs. Wade. Democrats are convinced that this 2022, warnings like the ones Udall gave will not go under the table.
“Well, I think they are actually very different years. And I think when there is a chance to overturn Roe vs. Wade, I think it’s easy for people to think, ‘Oh, that’s never going to happen,’” said Morgan Carroll, chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party. “But I think for much of the electorate, the actual act of overturning Roe vs. Wade is a very serious and alarming wake-up call.”