Republicans are banking that anti-health reform ballot initiatives will give them a significant edge in the November midterm elections.
The debate on the measures, which will be voted on in a half-dozen states, comes as Democrats are increasing their efforts to bolster support for their signature domestic achievement during the 111th Congress.
“What we’re trying to do is give voters an added reason to show up to the polls,” said Joel Sawyer, executive director of the South Carolina GOP. “It’s a voter turnout tool.”
The strategy is similar to the GOP’s effort in 2004, when Republicans fired up their base by seeking ballot initiatives on same-sex marriage.