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New Poll: Mark Obenshain Bill to Criminalize Miscarriages Drags Him Down

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See the “flip” for a “State of the Race” memo from the Mark Herring campaign, but the bottom line is this:

After voters are presented with information about Obenshain’s sponsorship of a bill that forces women to report miscarriages to the police, the race moves against him, with Herring capturing majority support and leading, 52 to 44 percent.”

Frankly, I’m horrified that the numbers aren’t even worse than that. In my view, anyone who proposes a law that would make women who have miscarriages report them to the police or be subject to arrest should be automatically disqualified from public office, let alone from being the Attorney General of Virginia. Still, the bottom line is that this DOES hurt Mark Obenshain, to the extent that if voters know about it, he loses by 8 points to Mark Herring.

No wonder why Obenshain, when asked about this bill, simply lies through his teeth, essentially claims he had no idea what was in his own bill and withdrew it as soon as he found out. Uh huh, and if you believe that one, I’ve got some nice swampland to sell you…

Meanwhile, the key in this important race is for Mark Herring to have the resources to let Virginia voters know about Mark Obenshain’s extreme record, including his bill to criminalize miscarriages. If you can give $25, $50, whatever you can spare, that would be fantastic and MUCH appreciated. Please click here so that Mark Herring can get the word out to as many Virginians as possible about Mark Obenshain’s extreme record on women’s health and many other issues. Thanks.

To: Interested Parties

From: Kevin O’Holleran, Campaign Manager, Mark Herring for Attorney General

Memo: State of the Race: Miscarriage Bill Sinks Obenshain

A poll conducted by the Mark Herring for Attorney General campaign shows that, no matter how much he tries to run and hide from his record, Mark Obenshain’s bill to criminalize miscarriages makes his path to victory exceptionally difficult.

According to an internal campaign polling memo provided by Myers Research, “From the outset, the contest for Attorney General between Democrat Mark Herring and Obenshain is within the survey’s margin of error. After voters are presented with information about Obenshain’s sponsorship of a bill that forces women to report miscarriages to the police, the race moves against him, with Herring capturing majority support and leading, 52 to 44 percent.”

The polling went on to test Obenshain’s response one that he has given all across the state.

Putting aside questions of the veracity of Obenshain’s response, the response does very little to curry favor with voters in Virginia. According to the memo, “the response that Obenshain gives when asked about his authorship of the miscarriage bill…falls entirely flat among voters. Indeed, just 32 percent of voters say Obenshain’s response makes them more likely to support him while a majority (50 percent) report that it actually makes them less likely to support Obenshain.”

Since securing the nomination to become part of what Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling called “the most ideologically driven ticket that we have seen in the history of our state,” Mark Obenshain has had to answer questions about his outrageous bill to criminalize miscarriages.

While Obenshain has tried to focus attention away from this issue, the voters of Virginia have continued to wonder why Obenshain would sponsor such a heinous bill. Though Obenshain may continue to try and run and hide, the data clearly shows this will remain an issue in the campaign.

To read the entire memo, visit: www.HerringForAG.com/ObenshainMiscarriageMemo.