Ohio Politics Explained podcast: Primary results and the Kansas abortion vote

Ohio Politics Explained podcast: Primary results and the Kansas abortion vote

Nine out of 10 Ohio voters ignored the state’s second primary on Tuesday. But strong support for abortion access in Kansas caught the attention of activists here. In this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained, we break down what it all means. The show is a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau that catches you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Haley BeMiller. 1) Ohio’s second primary results Just 8% of registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday’s unusual second primary . And when the votes were counted, two incumbent Republican representatives lost their races, two Somali Americans were poised to make history and two nurses will face each other for one of the state’s most competitive districts. 2) What Kansas’ abortion vote tells us Voters in Kansas also went to the polls Tuesday and told their state lawmakers not to impose new abortion restrictions . The ballot measure would have amended the Kansas state constitution to say there was no right to an abortion, paving the way for the Republican legislature to impose new restrictions. It was the first test of popular support for the procedure since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal abortion protections and sent the issue to the states. Pro-Choice Ohio says it’s a clear sign that majority of Americans are on their side. But Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis doesn’t think the results in a potential […]

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