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Democrats emboldened after Kansas abortion vote, as they eye fall campaign

Kansas voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have opened a path to stripping abortion rights in the state. Democrats pointed to the moment as the strongest evidence yet that the Supreme Court’s ruling and other efforts by Republicans to curb abortion rights would backfire politically on the GOP. President Biden highlighted the vote on Wednesday, saying that Republicans “don’t have a clue about the power of American women” At least four other states will have abortion measures on the ballot this November, which party strategists say could drive up Democratic turnout in those places. Still, it remains to be seen if Democrats can effectively connect abortion as an issue to the choice voters make between candidates in the fall. Most Republicans have sought to campaign on inflation and the economy, steering

Antiabortion activists vow to redouble their efforts in the wake of the Kansas results. Several House races in California and Michigan, where abortion will be on the ballot, are already expected to be close. Democrats signaled that they will intensify their focus on the issue in coming months all across the country, even beyond states where abortion measures are on the ballots. Abortion rights advocates in Michigan cheered the Kansas vote and suggested the win may foreshadow success on the Michigan ballot in November. Meanwhile, Kentucky and Montana voters will consider new abortion restrictions, and Kentucky voters will vote on a similar measure this fall. “Even for those who wouldn’t say [abortion] is a top issue for them, it is taking center stage” says one abortion rights advocate in Michigan’s