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    Abortion Ads Attack New York Candidates

    By Ryan Thornburg
    Washingtonpost.com Staff
    Tuesday, August 25, 1998

    Supporters of legalized abortion have taken aim at two New York Republicans in new television ads. One of the ads, which is sponsored by a moderate GOP group called the Foundation for Responsible Government, hammers 26th District congressional candidate Randall Terry. The spot accuses Terry of promoting hate and intolerance with his anti-abortion views.


    "I am amazed that he would have even desired to work in my campaign to begin with."
    – Anti-gay congressional candidate Brian Babin (R-Tex.) on the resignation of a gay campaign aide. (Dallas Morning News, Aug. 25)

    G.O.P. Group to Run TV Ads Calling Opponent of Abortion Intolerant (The New York Times, Aug. 25, registration required)

    The campaign against Sen. Alfonse D'Amato is a little sneakier. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League produced an ad featuring a man praising D'Amato's anti-abortion stance, in an effort to raise the hackles of abortion rights advocates.
    A Sly Abortion Ad Attacks D'Amato (The New York Times, Aug. 25, registration required)
    Key Race: New York Senate (washingtonpost.com)



    Officials Expect Low Turnout in Okla., Alaska Primaries
    Voters in Oklahoma and Alaska cast ballots in party primaries today, but officials in both states expect low turnout. In Oklahoma, state legislators Laura Boyd and James Hager are competing in the Democratic primary to see who will face Republican Gov. Frank Keating in November. Sen. Don Nickles is also running for reelection, and his campaign war chest could earn more in interest than the entire campaign caches of any of his three potential Democratic challengers.
    2 Democrats to Vie for Party's Gubernatorial Nod Tuesday (The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Aug. 24)
    Voters Decide 'Dull' Primary Races Tuesday (The Tulsa World, Aug. 24)

    Alaska Republican Frank Murkowski should have an easy time defending his Senate seat against a low-profile opponent today. State Sen. Robin Taylor and businessman John Lindauer will face off for the GOP nomination to run against Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles.
    Primary: It's Your Turn (Anchorage Daily News, Aug. 25)
    Election Night Returns (Alaska Division of Elections)



    Calif. Republicans See This Year as Key to Winning Latino Support
    California Republicans are making an effort to reach out to the state's 600,000 Latino voters who have registered since 1992. Strategists believe that the GOP will lose Latinos to the Democratic Party for a generation if it does not win them over this year.
    Win Over Latinos This Year, GOP Told (Sacramento Bee, Aug. 24)



    Another Fax Faux Pas in Ill. Gubernatorial Race
    Last week, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Glenn Poshard criticized Republican nominee George Ryan for using a state fax machine for campaign purposes. This week, Poshard is under fire because Rep. Jerry F. Costello (D-Ill.) used a publicly funded fax machine to help out Poshard's campaign.
    Records Show Poshard Faces His Own Fax Flap (The Chicago Tribune, Aug. 25)



    GOP Aide Resigns From Texas Campaign Over Boss's Views on Gays
    A homosexual campaign aide to Brian Babin, the Republican candidate for Texas's 2nd District, resigned because of Babin's anti-gay views. "I hope he gets the help he needs, and I wish him the best," Babin said.
    Hopeful's Top Aide Resigns (Dallas Morning News, Aug. 25)

    Ryan Thornburg can be reached at ryan.thornburg@washingtonpost.com

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