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Will abortion law energize Virginia voters?

Han Jones, Danielle Clark
Posted at 1:53 PM, Oct 19, 2021

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe has tried to use GOP threats to abortion rights to energize the Democratic base ahead of Virginia's Nov. 2 governor's election.

He argues that a Texas law banning most abortions and a Supreme Court that could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision means the issue may matter more now than at any other point in 50 years.

But McAuliffe is locked in a battle with Republican Glenn Youngkin.

If abortion fails to invigorate voters in Virginia, which President Joe Biden won easily last year, that doesn’t bode well for Democrats hoping the issue can help preserve their narrow control of Congress during next year's midterm elections.