Roe v Wade Ruling Motivates Campaigns Before Special Election

June 27, 2022, 5 p.m. ·

State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln and State Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk
State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln and U.S. Rep. Mike Flood of Norfolk. (Photos courtesy campaigns)

Rallies by Democrats and Republicans this past weekend were dominated by the recent decision on abortion rights.

At a campaign canvassing event on Saturday, Republican candidate Mike Flood said the Tuesday election is an opportunity to show the nation where Nebraska stands on abortion rights.

“We have the opportunity, and might I add the obligation, to demonstrate to the rest of America that Nebraska is pro-life, that Nebraska’s first district is pro-life,” he said.

Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, attended an event on Friday to hand out yard signs, help people apply for vote-by-mail, and donate diapers and feminine products. Kleeb said that getting Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks elected on Tuesday will lead to abortion rights momentum come November.

“Our message is that we can actually block the ban at the ballot box. We were able to block the ban here in Nebraska with 17 strong Democrats and a couple of Republicans. We need to keep that 17 Democrat firewall. So a big vestige for us is that it’s not just taking action, it’s also voting for Democrats,” she said.

Kleeb said if Governor Ricketts were to call a special session for abortion legislation, she is confident that some Republicans would still join the side of abortion rights.

The special election on Tuesday will determine who fills Nebraska’s first district congressional seat for the rest of the year until the seat is up for election once again in November.