The Kansas abortion earthquake, with Quinn Yeargain

The Downballot

Aug 4 2022 • 46 mins


Kansas rocked the political world on Tuesday night, rejecting an attempt to amend the state constitution to strip away the right to an abortion in a massive landslide. On this week's edition of The Downballot, we pick apart the vote with law professor https://twitter.com/yeargain/ (Quinn Yeargain), an expert on state constitutions. Yeargain explains how the amendment came to be on the ballot, what might've caused the huge spike in voter turnout, and what lessons Democrats should take away from the election (hint: abortion rights are popular, so lean in to them). Co-hosts David Nir and David Beard also recap Tuesday's other key races, including Trump picks prevailing in Senate races in Arizona and Missouri (if you allow that "ERIC" nonsense); a pro-impeachment House Republican going down to defeat in a Michigan seat Democrats are now better-positioned to flip in November; and the return of the notorious Kris Kobach, who narrowly won the GOP nod for Kansas attorney general—and could once again jeopardize his party's chances in a race Republicans have no business losing. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/8/4/2114475/-The-Downballot-The-Kansas-abortion-earthquake-with-Quinn-Yeargain-transcript (Episode transcript is available here.)