3 trends defining the midterm landscape- POLITICO

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It’s the day after Labor Day, aka the unofficial start of the fall campaign sprint. With just nine weeks to go until Election Day, here are some landscape-defining trends to keep an eye on:

Abortion: Abortion policies are shaping candidates’ messaging in the final stretch before midterms. As our Natalie Allison reports, Republican candidates are appealing directly to skeptical female voters who will make or break the party’s drive to retake the Senate majority.

Beyond candidates clarifying — and sometimes softening — their anti-abortion stances, a number of Republican candidates have aired TV ads featuring their wives, including Blake Masters in Arizona, J.D. Vance in Ohio, Adam Laxalt in Nevada, Joe O’Dea in Colorado and Rep. Don Baconin Nebraska.

Internal Republican polling has shown “abortion to be the No. 2 issue to voters behind inflation, suggesting that it’s…

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