Jewish World Review Nov. 19, 2002 / 14 Kislev, 5763
Surprise, surprise! And what was the sleeper issue in this year's election?
Abortion was the sleeper issue in this year's election
and, contrary to conventional wisdom, it worked to the advantage of pro-life
A Fox News Opinion Dynamics Election Day poll quizzed voters
about issues of primary importance, and as it turns out, abortion was one of
the top-rated concerns among voters in key states.
In the Georgia U-S Senate
race, for instance, 73 percent of those concerned about abortion voted for
Republican Saxbee Chamblis.
The trend was even more pronounced in Minnesota,
where former Vice President Walter Mondale accused Republican Norm Coleman
of adopting an "arbitrary" opposition to abortion. Coleman replied that his
pro-life position was inspired by his first and last-born children, both of
whom died in infancy. 81 percent of the abortion-influenced vote went to
Jim Talent drew 80 percent of that vote in Misssouri.
surprise! Pro-life voters supplied more than the margin of victory in three
key Republican senate victories.
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