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Arizona Ruling Puts Abortion Politics in the Spotlight in Battleground State

Originally published by Arit John for CNN

Abortion politics have been thrust into the spotlight in Arizona, where the state Supreme Court’s decision this week to revive a Civil War-era total abortion ban has sent Republicans scrambling to distance themselves and given Democrats new hope they can make gains in the battleground state.

The court’s long-awaited ruling has exponentially raised the stakes in elections up and down the ballot, as Democrats and allied groups work to tie GOP candidates to their past comments on abortion and the states’ rights position embraced by their party’s leader, former President Donald Trump.

Arizona voters will have an outsized impact on the general election, when they could help determine who the president is and what the balance of power will be in the House and Senate. They’ll also have a chance to vote directly on the abortion ban the court has revived – abortion rights groups are currently in the signature gathering process, which has gained a new level of urgency.

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