Abortion issue attracted big spending in top 2023 elections

It includes expenditures on a state Supreme Court seat, a ballot measure, and races for governor and control of a legislature.
Signs for and against a proposed constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights in Ohio stand in front of the Greene County Board of Elections in Xenia, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)

Abortion drove massive spending in the handful of states holding competitive races next week, as groups on both sides of the issue seek to solidify their messaging ahead of far more battles in 2024.

The focus is on elections in four states: legislative races in Virginia, a ballot measure that would enshrine abortion rights in Ohio’s constitution, Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, and the race to fill an open Supreme Court seat in Pennsylvania.

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