‘It’s a big concern’: Jesse Watters worries abortion may play big midterm role as GOP loses key House seat

If the results of New York’s Tuesday night elections are a good predictor of the GOP’s success in November’s swiftly approaching midterms, Fox News host Jesse Watters has “a big concern.”

(Video: Fox News)

Fox News “The Five” co-hosts analyzed the results out of the Big Apple on Wednesday, beginning with a look at the losses suffered by progressive candidates within the Democratic Party.

“I also think it’s interesting that Mondaire Jones lost because that’s a member of the Squad,” noted co-host Dana Perino. “And now, they’re down one, and you know who’s probably celebrating today? Abigail Spanberger.”

Spanberger, a centrist Democrat from Virginia, is big on bipartisan efforts, unlike the more radical members of the progressive Squad, which, so far, haven’t done well at the polls.

“You know, when you talk about the Squad, the progressives, and I’ll go to you on this, Harold, the progressives did not have a great night, whether it was the AOC-backed candidate Biaggi,” stated fellow Fox co-host, Jeanine Pirro, to co-host Harold Ford.

“The AOC-backed candidates did not do well, and Max Rose won against a progressive as well. What does that tell us,  looking at the midterms?” she asked.

According to Ford, the special election for New York’s 19th Congressional District was “the bellwether” race, in which Democrat Pat Ryan “beat a very popular” Marc Molinaro in a two-point race.

“Freedom of women and women’s choice played a huge role in that race,” he stated.

“So again, we talked about polls the other day on the show,” Ford continued. “No poll right now is decisive or conclusive. It’s instructive. But I’ll tell you this, these are actual numbers with actual voters voting. Democrats should be pleased with last night and the country should, too, because if Democrats get back to the middle, we have a fighting chance, not only as a party, but I think as a country to get things done.”

“Democrats won a key, key district here in New York,” he stated.

Pirro then pivoted to Watters for his reaction to the results and his thoughts on the role abortion rights may play in the midterms.

“You know, Jesse, they talk about the decision, the Dobbs decision, you know, not really affecting that many people, but I think that the one race that Harold just referenced, and that’s the Marc Molinaro race and Pat Ryan race — That was pretty much all on abortion. And Molinaro was a very popular guy,” she said. “Should the Republicans be concerned about this now?”

“I am concerned about it, so they should be concerned about it,” Watters answered with a nervous laugh. “Yeah, I’m a little concerned about it. I am concerned.”

“I mean, it’s a big concern. All right,” he said. “I’m not going to lie.”

As American Wire reported, Democratic candidates have been attempting to distance themselves from President Joe Biden’s many policy failures. Having learned that going “woke” does in fact often lead to going broke, many candidates have elected to go with more moderate messages on issues their voters actually care about– even if it means throwing Biden and their more progressive colleagues under a bus.


“The truth is our economy is a mess because of Washington — the rich, the powerful, the insiders and the lobbyists,” said controversial Pennsylvania candidate for the Senate, John Fetterman. “They’re lying about me to take the heat off themselves. It’s Washington’s fault. They set the rules, weakened our supply chain and spiked inflation.”

And in Michigan, Democrat House Rep. Dan Kildee boasted about defying his party.

“I stood up to some in my own party and pushed to cut the gas tax, and to hire more police officers,” he stated in an ad last month.


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