ICYMI: Republicans Double Down on Recruiting Extreme Anti-Choice Senate Candidates in Nevada

HuffPost: GOP Senate Recruits Back The Same Extreme Abortion Positions That Cost The Party In 2022

New reporting from HuffPost today confirms that Senate Republicans are doubling down on recruiting extreme anti-choice Senate candidates in 2024 – including here in Nevada. 

Despite Nevada being an overwhelmingly pro-choice state, both Jim Marchant and Sam Brown oppose abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

HuffPost: GOP Senate Recruits Back The Same Extreme Abortion Positions That Cost The Party In 2022 
By Liz Skalka and Igor Bobic

Key Points:

  • The party’s preferred candidates in Nevada and Pennsylvania, swing states that voted for Joe Biden in 2020, have said abortion should be banned without any exceptions for rape or incest.
  • But they’re already at risk of repeating one of the major errors of their disappointing 2022 cycle: running candidates with anti-abortion positions unacceptable to swing voters in a post-Dobbs decision world.
  • The backlash to the highly contentious Supreme Court decision repealing abortion rights shattered Republican hopes of retaking the Senate in the midterms, and Democrats are aiming to keep voters fired up about the issue in order to defend their narrow 51-49 majority. 
  • Democratic senators will take to the floor of the chamber this week exactly one year after the fall of Roe v. Wade to push for abortion rights.
  • Polls have repeatedly shown Republicans losing ground among independents on the abortion issue. The trend has even been confirmed by Republican firms that have conducted research into Senate races this year, according to one memo that inadvertently fell into Democratic hands at a GOP retreat last month.
  • In Nevada, another GOP-targeted state where Trump narrowly lost twice, a whopping 80% of the population said abortion should be legal in most or all cases.
  • In many instances, GOP candidates could face attacks over statements they made prior to the Supreme Court’s reversal on abortion rights, when public opinion on the issue shifted leftward.
  • Sam Brown, an Army veteran who lost the 2022 GOP Senate primary in Nevada to Attorney General Adam Laxalt, for example, said in a questionnaire he would only support Supreme Court nominees “who would understand the importance of protecting life.” Brown is considered a potential 2024 Senate candidate in Nevada.
  • “Republicans or any of my potential challengers, I can tell you, the first thing they would do is enact a nationwide abortion ban,” Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) told HuffPost. 


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