Analysis: 2023 elections show abortion isn’t going away

Look to Kentucky and Virginia for clues about 2024.
Abortion-rights protesters regroup and protest following Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

A close-fought contest between Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) and Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R), playing out in one of the most conservative states in the nation, offers a preview of the strategy Democrats will use ahead of next year’s national elections, when the party intends to put abortion rights front and center in every election possible.

Over the course of five face-to-face debates this fall, and in paid television advertising, Beshear has used Cameron’s support for a ban on most abortions as a cudgel. Beshear has built a lead in public and private polling, giving the party more hope that they can turn a loss before the U.S. Supreme Court — which overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago — into gains at the ballot box.

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