Thursday, December 13, 2007

Pro-Life Candidates in Virginia, Ohio Cruise to Lopsided Victories for Congress

Washington, DC ( -- Two pro-life candidates cruised to lopsided victories on Tuesday in their bid for seats in special Congressional elections. Bob Latta will be the next congressman from Ohio and State Delegate Rob Wittman easily won in his race for a Virginia congressional seat.
Republican state Representative Bob Latta, who enjoyed the endorsement of both National Right to Life and Ohio Right to Life's political action committees, faced Robin Weirauch.

Latta, who, as the chairman of the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee, Bob helped pass Ohio’s ban on partial birth abortion, defeated Weirauch, the 2004 and 2006 Democratic nominee who had the endorsement of pro-abortion Emily's List, by a vote of 57% to 43%.

Latta, will replace the late Congressman Paul Gillmor (R), who died September 5 from injuries sustained during a fall down the stairs in his home.

Meanwhile, as expected, State Delegate Rob Wittman cruised to a landslide victory over Philip Forgit in Tuesday's special election. Wittman had the backing of 63 percent while Forgit had 35 percent.

Wittman will replace the late Congresswoman JoAnn Davis (R), who died of cancer on October 6 and was one of the leading pro-life women in Congress.

My Comments:
Latta's victory is good news for us here in Ohio's 5th District, after the tragic death of our late Congressman Paul Gillmor - who was a pro-life stalwart. Latta will definitely have some big shoes to fill.

It should be noted that the national Dems poured big-time money and endorsements (Gov. Strickland, Sen. Obama, John Edwards, etc.) - not to mention the online efforts of Daily Kos, etc. - into this race. The Dem candidate (who goes so far as to favor partial-birth abortion) nevertheless wound up getting a smaller percentage of the vote than she did against Gillmor in 2004 and 2006.

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