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Governor’s Race in Virginia Might Foreshadow Ohio’s

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In one TV commercial, a physician said she was “offended” by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s attempt to “make all abortions illegal.” In another, Cuccinelli was labeled “too extreme.” A third spot claimed the Republican would “force a survivor of rape or incest in Virginia to carry a pregnancy caused by her attacker.”

Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Cuccinelli by about 3% in Virginia’s governor’s race last week, a victory credited in part to the effort his campaign and supporters put into making a wedge issue out of Cuccinelli’s rigid opposition to abortion in all cases.

What happened in Virginia, and what we’ve seen from Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, suggests that a similar strategy might be deployed against Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014.

Cuccinelli and Kasich do not share views on abortion; Kasich does not oppose it in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. But Ohio’s governor signed a state budget that included five anti-abortion provisions.

Gov. Kasich’s budget signing turned into a public-relations nightmare. A picture of him signing the document, surrounded only by middle-age white men, circulated across the country.

FitzGerald, who favors abortion rights, recently posted on Twitter a link to a newspaper article about the closing abortion clinics, writing: “Under Gov. Kasich’s direction, women — and families — have far fewer healthcare options. We need a change.” Earlier, he had lamented the Republican’s “restrictive, anti-choice policies” on the same platform.

Earlier this year, a poll conducted for The Dispatch showed voters were evenly split over the “heartbeat bill,” which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Via The Dispatch.

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