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What role will "personhood" play in 2012?

Larry Jacobs discusses consequences of including "personhood" on ballot.

Larry Jacobs, professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, said if "personhood" gets on the ballot in a half-dozen or more states in 2012, it could drive turnout in a way that bucks conventional wisdom. "Usually we think of these constitutional amendments on social issues as playing best to the Republican base by turning out social conservatives," Jacobs said. But with so many liberals and Democratic base voters disaffected, he said, a social issue like abortion could drive turnout among Obama supporters more than among Republicans who already seemed to be primed to show up on Election Day.

CBS News
November 15, 2011

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