ATLANTA — The potential of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade could have serious political implications here in Georgia as we are deep into an election year.
Republican politicians have long campaigned on wanting to overturn Roe v. Wade even though a recent poll showed 70% of Georgians want to keep it in place.
The primaries are in three weeks, so you can bet Republicans and Democrats are weighing in.
Channel 2′s Richard Elliot caught up with Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue as he was campaigning for the GOP nomination in Morgan County.
He was all ready to talk to voters about overturning Roe v. Wade and said he would call for a special legislative session to ban abortion altogether.
“If I were governor, when that ruling comes down, I would call the General Assembly back and ask them to eliminate all abortion in the state of Georgia,” Perdue said.
Meanwhile, his opponent Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statement reminding GOP voters that he signed the heartbeat abortion bill into law.
“Under my leadership, Georgia will remain a state that values life at all stages, and as we anticipate the US Supreme Court’s decision, Georgians should rest assured that I will continue to fight for the strongest pro-life law in the country.”
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Their democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, weighed in too and highlighted the differences between the two parties.
“As a woman, I am enraged by the continued assault on our right to control our bodies and our futures. As the next governor of Georgia, I will defend the right to an abortion and fight for reproductive justice,” Abrams said.
Georgia Democratic party chair, Rep. Nikema Williams told Elliot they will campaign on this issue to energize their base and go after moderate Republicans.
“We will absolutely use every opportunity to remind voters that the Democratic party of Georgia is standing up for their rights in this state,” Williams said.
Republican consultant Brian Robinson isn’t sure abortion is that high on voters’ radars, not with persistently high inflation. Something the GOP will also remind voters of.
“It will give Democrats something to talk about in an environment where it had very little good to talk about,” Robinson said.
Georgia Democrats are already emailing out fund raising requests that talk about this potential ruling. This will add yet another volatile topic to an already very full election year.
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