By Burgess Everett (Politico) –
Sen. Lindsey Graham is renewing a GOP push for a 20-week abortion ban — a bid that could boost his long-shot presidential campaign but spell trouble for vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection in swing states next year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) earlier promised a vote on the hot-button bill, which already passed the House. Abortion foes say a vote in the Senate would be a historical milestone, the most consequential vote on the issue in more than a decade.
But Graham’s effort threatens to hand political ammunition to Democrats trying to knock off GOP senators in purple and blue states that will decide Senate control after the 2016 election. Among them are Rob Portman of Ohio, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Democratic leaders, cognizant of the damage that social issues like abortion have done to Republican candidates in the recent past, practically dared McConnell to take up the ban.
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