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The senator in command of ensuring Republicans win again management of the Senate stated Thursday that GOP candidates must adapt their abortion messages to their states this fall but additionally embody extensively supported exceptions to abortion bans.

“It is important. I think that’s a lesson learned from ’22 to get the messaging right and also for our candidates to state where they stand on the issue,” stated Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the marketing campaign arm of the Senate GOP.

“We’re advising our candidates to take a position on abortion that best matches the state they represent. That’s what we’re telling our candidates, and we’ll let them decide where they stand on it,” Daines stated.

He made the remarks at a breakfast with reporters in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Ever for the reason that U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs resolution threw the abortion challenge again to states, a lot of which enacted bans of various durations and restrictiveness, Republicans have been struggling to blunt the political fallout.

In March, House Republicans at their annual retreat grappled with supporting in vitro fertilizationwhich frequently contains discarding unsuccessful fertilized eggs, and the concept held by many anti-abortion celebration members that life begins at conception.

In the Senate, Republicans presently maintain 49 seats and must flip two — or just one, if presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump wins — to take again management. They are the odds-on favourite to return to energy, given the quantity and explicit seats Democrats are defending this yr.

Daines stated Republicans have been conscious, by what he referred to as in depth polling and focus group efforts, that voters wished exceptions to abortion bans.

“Be clear on the exceptions of rape, incest and the life of the mother, and make the point that most Americans believe we should have reasonable limits on late-term abortions,” Daines stated the NRSC was telling candidates.

Almost a dozen states have abortion bans that vary from six to 22 weeks of being pregnant; 25 states and the District of Columbia have retained permitting abortions past 22 weeks.

But 14 states have near-total bans, no matter how far alongside a being pregnant could also be, with various levels of exceptions like these talked about by Daines. Abortion rights advocates say these exceptions — like what constitutes a hazard to the lifetime of the mom — are sometimes too obscure to really present a lot aid. For instance, abortions should still not be obtainable the place there are few docs, and they’re nervous about being prosecuted if there may be doubt in regards to the hazard to the mom. Additionally, rape exceptions might be undermined by the requirement that victims report the rape to regulation enforcement, whether or not they wish to or not.

Daines didn’t supply perception into the NRSC’s steerage to GOP candidates working in states with narrower exceptions than rape, incest and the lifetime of the mom.

He was bullish, nevertheless, on the GOP’s probabilities for achievement this yr, however, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), additionally tempered expectations. In 2022, Republicans had been anticipated to realize seats; as a substitute, Democrats ended up profitable one further seat.

Asked his forecast for what number of seats Republicans would maintain after November, Daines stated, “51,” the naked majority wanted to regulate the Senate when the celebration doesn’t have the White House as effectively.

“I will let you all go through and analyze the races and decide what numbers you want to put on it. All I know is what matters the most is the majority, and 51 is what we’re focused on,” he stated.

“You will not hear me, from now until Nov. 5, say anything but 51. That is the majority, that is what puts the gavel in the hands of the new Republican leader,” he added.

Daines then turned his consideration to voters and stated they’re centered on three main points that he stated favor Republicans: border safety, inflation and crime.

He additionally dismissed issues Republicans can be harm by Democrats portraying them as delicate on Russia and Vladimir Putin’s battle towards Ukraine. Aid to Ukraine was held up for six months by objections from Republicans, and a few within the GOP, together with potential vice presidential nominee Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), have echoed the Kremlin’s rhetoric in regards to the battle.

Daines stated it was honest to ask what the United States’ targets have been for its involvement.

“I think the pro-Putin thing is Democrat spin,” he stated. He famous most Republicans within the Senate ended up supporting the $61 billion in assist for Ukraine accepted just lately.

“You saw a strong bipartisan [vote] but also a strong Republican vote on that package,” he stated.