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At Campaign’s End, Democrats See Limits of Focus on Abortion

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In North Carolina, a Republican would need a net gain of five seats in Congress to reach a supermajority, which could overturn a Democratic governor’s veto on an anti-abortion bill. The Wisconsin Legislature needs six. In Pennsylvania, a ballot initiative delegated to the legislature to amend the state constitution could soon reach voters for final approval if the incoming legislature approves it.

In Minnesota, an abortion-access island in the region, Democrats and Republicans battle for control of about 20 seats, determining party control of Congress.

Elsewhere, a race for attorneys general could determine how the currently contested state abortion ban is enforced. Arizona bans abortion after 15 weeks of gestation. But Republican Attorney General candidate Abraham Hamade said he would support a near-total ban on abortion dating back to 1864, with no exceptions for rape or incest. “We will not prosecute doctors, pharmacists, and nurses for abortion,” he said, even if the law were enforced.

State Supreme Court justices are an elected office in some states, making race even more important now that abortion laws are determined at the state level.Ohio, North Carolina and Michigan. In , partisan control of the Supreme Court is contested.

Ianthe Metzger, Director of State Advocacy Communications for Planned Parenthood, said: “A lot of things are at stake.”

Yet the extraordinary policy landscape has turned theoretical choices into practical political choices, causing some voters to reassess their priorities.

In western Michigan, Amanda Stratton, 37, has long considered herself a “pro-life” voter. But in November, Stratton, a stay-at-home mom, voted Democrat. She said five difficult miscarriages had changed her beliefs, and now the debate felt urgent.

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