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Abortion Issue Drives Campaigns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to do more to limit abortions if Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate, while Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for Texas governor, tried to galvanize support a year after her marathon filibuster in the state legislature against abortion restrictions.

The Hill: McConnell: I'd Fight To Limit Abortions
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised Saturday to focus more attention on limiting abortions if Republicans take control of the Senate in November. Speaking to the National Right to Life Convention in his home state of Kentucky, the Senate's top Republican suggested Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has blocked the upper-chamber from voting on bills that would limit women's rights to abortion, according to conservative website But McConnell said he would push abortion-limiting legislation to pressure President Obama to take a stand on the issue (Devaney, 6/28).

The New York Times: For Wendy Davis, Filibuster Goes Only So Far In Race To Be Governor of Texas
One year after bursting onto the national scene with a marathon filibuster against abortion restrictions, Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator and Democratic nominee for governor, has been doing everything she can to mark the anniversary of that speech last June, even donning the same pink Mizuno sneakers. The problem: A year after her filibuster pumped her up into the kind of galvanizing candidate Texas Democrats have not had for decades, she seems very much dragged down to earth, dwarfed by the perception that Democrats’ chances of ending the Republican domination of Texas remain slim (Fernandez, 6/28).

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