For Republicans, this month’s off-year elections were anything but a success.
The results in gubernatorial and legislative showdowns as well as in some high-profile referendums gave Democrats a big shot of adrenalin while potentially serving as a warning sign for the GOP looking ahead to the 2024 elections for president and control of Congress.
Apparently hurting Republicans for a second straight year at the ballot box was the combustible issue of legalized abortion.
“We do have to talk about abortion,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel has been saying since the election results this month.
McDaniel said GOP candidates “are not responding to the lies of the Democrats on abortion. We have to come out and very vocally say where we stand.”
The month’s election results were the latest in a slew of statewide victories for abortion rights since the blockbuster move last year by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority to overturn the landmark, nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade ruling, which had allowed for legalized abortions nationwide.