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Dem Infighting Over Abortion 'Litmus Test' Poses New Headache

Dem Infighting Over Abortion 'Litmus Test' Poses New Headache

By Joseph Weber | Fox News

Washington Democrats are facing a new backlash from pro-choice and liberal groups, after a party leader declared no "litmus test" for pro-life, 2018 House candidates.

The internal conflict got started this spring but exploded in late July when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leader Rep. Ben Ray Luján said they will not withhold financial support from anti-abortion candidates.

The New Mexico lawmaker’s comments sparked an immediate backlash from liberal supporters that continued this week.

Cecile Richards, who runs Planned Parenthood and its political action committee, called Luján’s statement “shocking.” The abortion divide creates new complications as Democrats try to raise money for their ambitious plan to retake the House and perhaps the Senate.

Democrats know they desperately need a message that appeals to voters beyond those on the country’s liberal East and West coasts -- especially after now-President Trump and down-ticket candidates romped last year through such Democratic strongholds as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But they also want to keep their allies on the left.

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