Abortion rights at the center of Tuesday's Ohio, Virginia elections

On Tuesday, Ohio residents will vote on whether to guarantee abortion rights, while Virginia voters will decide whether to give Republicans the power to impose new limits on the procedure. 

These elections hold significant implications for both parties as they look ahead to the 2024 White House and congressional campaigns. 

Democrats are assessing whether abortion remains a powerful political issue, following the 2022 midterms when voter anger over the Supreme Court's decision to eliminate a nationwide right helped them avoid a Republican landslide.

For Republicans, Ohio and Virginia serve as strategic testing grounds to refine their messaging on abortion, after struggling in this regard last year. 

In Kentucky, Democratic Governor Andy Beshear seeks reelection in a traditionally conservative state, benefiting from strong approval ratings for his handling of the pandemic and economic growth. 

Mississippi sees Republican Governor Tate Reeves seeking another term, facing Democratic challenger Brandon Presley. 

Additionally, abortion-related ballot measures are advancing in multiple states for 2024, setting the stage for a continued battle over reproductive rights.

In Virginia, all 40 Senate seats and 100 House of Delegates seats are up for grabs, with Republicans hoping to gain a foothold in a state currently under Democratic control. 

These elections will provide important insights into the political landscape ahead of the 2024 elections.