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(CNN)After abortion rights advocates prevailed decisively on a Kansas ballot measure this week, Democrats are putting the issue right at the center of their attacks against newly minted Republican nominees in key midterm races.

In Arizona, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly hit the airwaves this week with an ad criticizing Blake Masters, who won Tuesday's Republican primary, for his "dangerous ideas on abortion.
" Similarly, Senate Majority PAC, a group with ties to Senate Democratic leadership, began airing an ad highlighting Masters' "extreme" abortion views.
    In Michigan, a group aligned with the Democratic Governors Association launched an ad against Tudor Dixon shortly after she won the Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday featuring clips of her saying she does not support abortion ban exemptions in cases of rape or incest.
      Read More That Democrats are choosing to kick off their general election campaigns in critical states with paid messaging focused entirely on abortion shows that the party sees the issue as its best hand to play in a political environment that has otherwise been largely unfavorable. Democrats were already confident the issue would become more salient -- and work to their benefit -- in the November elections after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in June. But they became even more emboldened this week. Voters in the red state of Kansas rejected a ballot measure that would have removed abortion protections from the state's constitution by 18 points. The margin and the level of turnout surprised members of both parties. As CNN's Harry Enten noted, there were more than 900,000 votes counted for the amendment, compared to less than 750,000 for the state's gubernatorial primaries. All told, turnout was up nearly 60% for Kansas' primaries this year compared to 2018.
        While that is all promising for the Democrats, their challenge going forward will be channeling the energy of abortion rights proponents for elections, like those in Arizona or Michigan, that aren't straight up-or-down votes on the issue. (Though notably, there will likely be a measure on the November ballot in Michigan to enshrine abortion rights into the state's constitution.) Polls have shown that clear majorities oppose the court's Roe v. Wade decision and that abortion is rising up the public's priority list. But the issue has still not surpassed the economy and inflation as the top concern, and Democrats are still fighting the headwinds presented by President Joe Biden's low approval ratings.
          The Point: At the very least, the abortion issue can help Democrats maximize turnout among their base this fall. To avoid the midterm blowouts the president's party has faced in recent cycles, Democrats will need it to become a stronger motivational force for swing voters too.

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          ‘I’d meet my abuser’ – Raheem Sterling says he would face Chelsea fan who was banned for life for racially abusing him

          RAHEEM STERLING says he would meet the Chelsea fan banned for racially abusing him.

          The England star, 27, is set to make his home Blues debut on Sunday against Tottenham following his £47.5million move from Manchester City.

          4Raheem Sterling is prepared to meet the Chelsea fan that was banned by the Blues for racially abusing himCredit: Getty 4Sterling was the subject of vile abuse while playing for Manchester City in 2018 4Colin Wing was banned for life by the Blues

          Chelsea banned supporter Colin Wing for life after concluding he had used “racially abusive language and threatening and aggressive behaviour” towards Sterling at Stamford Bridge in 2018.

          Former Three Lions international Stan Collymore has suggested it would be a “huge anti-racism statement” if Sterling sat down with Wing on film to discuss how the events of that day affected him and his family.

          Asked if he would be open to doing that, the ex-City and Liverpool forward replied: “I have no hatred or malice towards the individual.

          “That’s something that I could do right here, right now, or tomorrow.

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          “That’s not an issue. I think my main focus is to move away from the racial kind of thing and focus more on nurturing and feeding the youth, like myself growing up.

          “Giving them a map to what lies ahead.”

          Wing insisted at the time that he called Sterling a “Manc c***”, not a “black c***” and the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case against him because of inconclusive evidence.

          However, Chelsea issued Wing with a lifetime ban after conducting their own investigation that included hiring two expert lip-readers.

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          Five other fans were also given suspensions of between one and two years for their behaviour during the match with City on December 8, 2018, and agreed to attend educational courses.

          Asked if the incident came into his thinking when choosing to join Chelsea, Sterling said: “No, that’s the first time I’ve actually even remembered it.

          “It wasn’t a thing that played on my mind at all.

          “I can’t let an incident from individuals change my perception of the club.”

          Sterling spoke out after the incident, claiming his reaction at the time was to laugh because he expected “no better” and claimed sections of the media “fuelled racism” with their portrayals of young black players.

          His statement was seen as a turning point in the battle against bigotry, giving other players the power to speak out and the press pause for thought over coverage.

          Reflecting on his response to the incident and his subsequent role as one of the game’s most prominent voices standing up to racism, Sterling said: “I think that conversation opened the door for me personally in the sense where it made me understand what my true purpose is other than football.

          “Of course football is my main goal and talent but the other thing that gives me the most joy is helping people.

          “So from that incident, I’ve moved away from the racial side of it and am focusing more on helping and nurturing young black people.”

          4Sterling is set to make his home debut on Saturday against TottenhamCredit: Getty

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