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Abortion rights enshrined in Ohio's constitution, Democrats take control of both chambers of Virginia General Assembly

Night’s results showed durability of Democrats’ political momentum since SC overturned Roe v. Wade and ended constitutional right to abortion in 2022

New York Times News Service New York Published 09.11.23, 10:27 AM
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The political potency of abortion rights proved more powerful than the drag of President Joe Biden’s approval ratings in Tuesday’s off-year elections, as Ohioans enshrined a right to abortion in their state’s constitution, and Democrats took control of both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly while holding on to Kentucky’s governorship.

The night’s results showed the durability of Democrats’ political momentum since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended the constitutional right to an abortion in 2022. It may also, at least temporarily, stem the latest round of Democratic fretting from a series of polls demonstrating Biden’s political weakness.

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After a strong midterm showing last year, a blowout victory in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race in April and a series of special election wins, Democrats head into Biden’s reelection contest with the wind at their backs. The question for the party is how they can translate that momentum to Biden, who remains unpopular while others on his agenda have prevailed.

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