Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris laugh after U.S. President Joe Biden, appearing via teleconference, noted that Harris was speaking while “muted” during a meeting of the Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access during an event at the White House complex August 3, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Kansas voters turned out in force to reject an anti-abortion ballot measure by almost 20 points.
Democrats seized on the results as evidence that abortion rights would galvanize voters in their favor.
They predicted the strong turnout will continue in November.

Democrats say they have newfound momentum heading into November after an unexpected tide of voters in red state Kansas mobilized Tuesday in support of abortion rights.

Kansas voters rejected an anti-abortion ballot measure by almost 20 points, and more than 900,000 voters weighed in — compared with 470,000 who voted in the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial primaries.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the chamber floor that the vote was an example of “the winds blowing in Democratic direction.”

“The strong pro-choice turnout we saw last night in Kansas will continue well into the fall, and Republicans who side with these extremist MAGA policies that attack women’s rights do so at their own political risk,” he said.

It wasn’t just urban and suburban counties that voted to protect abortion rights, but several GOP-leaning counties such as Osage, which hasn’t voted for a Democrat since supporting President Lyndon Baines Johnson, tweeted Bryan Lowry, politics editor for the Kansas City Star.

Fourteen counties that voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020 joined all five counties that backed President Joe Biden to reject the measure on Tuesday, an analysis by Insider’s partners at Decision Desk HQ …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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