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Graham’s Abortion Bill Creates Turmoil for GOP Midterm Strategy

  • Republican gameplan had been to focus on Biden, economy
  • Senate candidates divided on how to present issue to voters
Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham

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Senator Lindsey Graham’s proposal for a nationwide abortion ban has jolted the Republican strategy for dealing with the contentious social issue and gives Democrats a new line of attack less than two months before the midterm elections.

Since the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortion many Republicans have been trying to straddle the gap between the party’s core voting base -- which has long sought that outcome -- and independent voters who polls show are in favor of abortion rights and whose support will be key to the outcome in several electoral battlegrounds.