Only 29 days before the midterm elections, the subject of abortion is losing relevance for Democrats as inflation continues to be the country’s top concern.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), a Democrat running for the Senate, attempted to avoid mentioning inflation in a Monday interview with the Associated Press in favor of concentrating on abortion.
She referred to the inflation that has been created by significant Democrat spending over the last two years and stated, “I know our families, the problems that are essential to them are the kitchen-table issues.”
But she added, “I also know, speaking with our families, that the Roe v. Wade repeal is having an effect. We are a proudly pro-choice state. That explains why the repeal has so many people upset.”
Gas prices in Nevada have continued to be higher than $5.40 a gallon. The unemployment rate in the state is also greater than the average for the country. Cortez Masto’s “anti-energy policies,” which have made the state’s electricity system dependent on expanding large-scale battery storage technologies rather than conventional energy sources like natural gas-powered generating facilities, have had an effect on the economy.
Democratic Culinary Workers union member Yusette Solomon agreed that the state’s weak economy is a much more pressing concern than the state’s ban on abortion. In Nevada, abortions are legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
“Everyone finds it difficult,” Solomon claimed to the Associated Press. “It’s the grocery store. Gas, indeed. Managing inflation is something we must do. Everyone is experiencing it.”
Fuel costs at a Chevron gas station on June 9, 2022, in San Francisco, California.
Abortion is also a less important issue in Arizona. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), a Dem running for the Senate, is a founder of a pro-abortion bill that would compel all states to abide by a new federal abortion standard that would allow for limitless abortions. But research indicates that voters view Kelly’s stance on abortion as being too extreme.
Only 27% of those surveyed said they supported Kelly’s measure, which would have no restrictions on abortion. 56 percent of voters support limiting abortion to 15 weeks. Voters in Arizona are 53 percent against legislation allowing abortion up until delivery. After knowing about Kelly’s radical record on abortion, 56% of independents and 27% of Democrats said Kelly is less likely to garner their support.