It was only days ago that Americans believed that the midterm elections, coming later this year, would be dominated by storylines surrounding Donald Trump, January 6th, the filibuster, and the “red wave”.
Nope. Not anymore. We can kiss all of that goodbye.
Thanks to an unprecedented leak of a draft decision by the Supreme Court that would see Roe v. Wade overturned, there is little doubt that our coming elections will be undeniably tied to the issue of abortion in America.
Abortion rights suddenly emerged as an issue that could reshape the battle between Democrats and Republicans for control of Congress, following a report that conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court were poised to strike down the half-century-old Roe v. Wade precedent.
The new agitation was already getting started in DC.
Such a decision would hand Republicans a long-sought victory, even as it could galvanize Democrats who’ve been bracing for the prospect of losing their House and Senate majorities this November. Midterm election campaigns — which will decide control of Congress — are getting underway with primaries Tuesday in Ohio and Indiana.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at the court late Monday soon after the Politico report, but only a few dozen remained early Tuesday. By mid-morning the crowd had grown to about 100, including anti-abortion demonstrators and those demanding protections for abortion rights. Security barriers were in place, with a few officers on hand.
The effects could be widespread.
A decision to overturn Roe would shake up races across the country, especially in suburban battlegrounds in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire and Georgia that will determine control of the House and Senate. The unknown is how a politically seismic court ruling changes the dynamics already in play.
“Midterm elections are generally about turnout and this type of ruling could energize the base of both parties,” said Doug Sosnik, White House political director under President Bill Clinton.
Striking down Roe would also magnify attention on gubernatorial and legislative races around the country, as the court’s decision could return abortion rights policy to the states, where it was before Roe.
The identity and motives of the leaker are not known as of the time of this writing.
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