In an overwhelming victory for abortion rights advocates, Kansas voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot amendment that would remove the right to abortion from the State Constitution. With unusually high turnout for a primary election, 59% of voters opposed the measure compared to 41% who supported it, with around 95% of the vote counted, according to The New York Times.
The Kansas vote represents the first referendum on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this summer. Election observers and pro-choice advocates say the results shows how unpopular that decision was nationally. As the Times notes, registered Republican voters far outnumber Democrats in Kansas.
“The voters in Kansas have spoken loud and clear: We will not tolerate extreme bans on abortion,” Rachel Sweet, the campaign manager for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, which led the effort to defeat the amendment, told the newspaper.