People hug during a Value Them Both watch party after a question involving a constitutional amendment removing abortion protections from the Kansas constitution failed, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Overland Park, Kan.

Kansas voters rejected a measure to restrict abortion rights. 
Politico Playbook on Wednesday morning dubbed it an all-caps “POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE.”
Many GOP strategists are still banking that voters will be more focused on inflation.

Republican political strategists have a message for GOP candidates in the face of the surprise high voter turnout that showed up in Kansas during Tuesday’s primaries to protect abortion rights: Keep your focus on pocketbook issues, and stay out of the abortion debate. 

While the resounding vote in Kansas has lifted Democrats’ spirits — Politico Playbook on Wednesday morning dubbed it an all-caps “POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE” — Republicans are still mulling over what the vote will mean for their desired majorities come November. So far, they’re banking that economic concerns such as inflation and high gas prices will still win the day. 

“I think there are a lot of phone calls going on today, among strategists in each party, about, ‘What the Hell did you make of this? And, ‘What are the consequences?’ I don’t think we know yet,” said David Gergen, a political commentator who served under Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. “I think we know there is a possibility that these social issues could be a driving force in a race much more than was assumed before Kansas.”

The vote in Kansas represented a major test for the anti-abortion cause following the Supreme Court’s ruling in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that previously guaranteed a national right to abortion. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an influential national anti-abortion organization, wrote in …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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