WE WON(‘T GO BACK)
August 14, 2023
On Tuesday night Ohio voters defeated Issue One, keeping power in the hands of the people, not politicians.
Defeating Issue One was an important victory for our state, the voters of Ohio and the principle of majority rule. Ohio Democrats were proud to play our part in stopping this political power grab by out-of-touch politicians at the statehouse.
THANK YOU to everyone receiving this email who knocked doors, made calls, and donated. With your help, we knocked on a total of 243,392 doors, made more than 1,000,000 phone calls to voters and recruited 2,300 volunteers to defeat Issue One.
We could not have done this without you, and we are so happy to be celebrating this victory with all of you!
Defeating Issue One was step TWO in Ohio Democrats’ plans to win back Ohio and codify abortion in the Ohio Constitution, after we collected 117,000 signatures to put abortion rights on the ballot this November. Now, we shift gears to the November 7, 2023 election.
Over the next 88 days, we’ll continue working to move our state forward and to protect abortion rights. Together, we’ll tell corrupt politicians trying to strip away our freedoms and pass a total abortion ban: WE WON’T GO BACK.
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Frank LaRose is Ohio’s Biggest Loser
Ohio Republicans have been seen floundering since their poorly thought out Issue One went down in flames.
While some have tried to ride out the loss, Senate President Huffman complained that there wasn’t enough time to plan the campaign. I wonder who planned this election and set the date?! (It was the Ohio Legislature.)
Meanwhile, Frank LaRose threw himself under the bus by intentionally becoming “the face of” State Issue 1. And on Tuesday, he became Ohio’s biggest loser.
Do you see what we did there? LaRose….a loser? Pretty good, huh?
LaRose made multiple mistakes in the run-up to the August 8th election – sending the wrong ballot language out to voters days before the absentee ballot deadline, sending the wrong election date to poll workers, and admitting that State Issue 1 is “100%” about abortion. LaRose’s mistake “frustrated” Republicans who have said that the messaging around State Issue 1 was “horrific.”
AND, LaRose doubled down the day after Election Day, pledging to support a national abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest if elected to the Senate. Even though 58% of Ohioans support protecting reproductive rights. LaRose also admits that, if elected to the Senate, he would ignore and even overturn the will of Ohioans who support protecting abortion access.
This isn’t the person we want in the Senate representing us, and Ohio Democrats are committed to
ICYMI – Check Out All of the Coverage of our Chair, Liz Walters
19th News: Ohio voters reject measure aimed at blocking abortion rights amendment
WVXU: Commentary: Ohio’s GOP just learned voters are not as gullible as they think
The Messenger: Ohio Voters Reject GOP Initiative Seen As Proxy Vote on Abortion
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio voters reject Issue 1, scoring win for abortion-rights supporters ahead of November
Politico: Abortion rights won big in Ohio. Here’s why it wasn’t particularly close.
Cleveland Scene: Issue 1 Reactions Show Ohio Republicans Searching for Someone to Blame After Loss
NPR: Ohio voters resoundingly rejected a proposed change to the state’s constitution
Business Insider: Ohio Dems. chair mocks Republican who complained they didn’t have enough time to push their effort to stymie abortion rights: ‘You picked the date dude’
Cleveland.com: Frank LaRose’s big bet and Democrats’ under-the-radar wins: 4 takeaways from the defeat of Ohio State Issue 1
Vanity Fair: This Sneaky Antiabortion Ballot Measure in Ohio is Also a Direct Assault on Democracy
WLIO-TV Lima: Republicans and Democrats voice opinions on Ohioans voting against State Issue One
WSYX-TV Columbus: With Issue 1’s defeat, both sides look ahead to abortion issue on November ballot
The Hill: Ohio abortion rights victory gives new hope to Democrats, Sherrod Brown
Until Next Time
Ohio Democrats are working hard gearing up to re-elect Senator Sherrod Brown in 2024. Please consider contributing as much as you can to help Ohio Democrats turn out as many of our voters as we can to protect abortion rights in November.
If you’re unsure about how much more you can contribute, simply reply to this email. We’d be happy to help.
As always, thank you for standing with us. I am immensely grateful for your partnership.
Finance Director, Ohio Democrats