Politics Podcast: Why Kansas Voted to Maintain Abortion Right

Kansas voters on Tuesday rejected a 59 percent to 41 percent constitutional amendment that would have ended the state’s constitutional rights to abortion. It was the first statewide vote on abortion since Dobbs’ decision in June and marks a significant victory for defenders of abortion rights in a conservative state. In this installation of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discuss why the amendment failed by such a large margin and whether the abortion issue will motivate voters in other elections in this case. The team also examines primary winners in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan, and Washington to get a better idea of ​​the kinds of messages that are powerful on both sides.

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