Some Republicans are now acknowledging that the end of Roe v. Wade prompted a surge for Democrats and blunted any momentum the GOP had in the local elections in this state. Can they get it back just by changing their messaging?

In the post-mortems from the surprising August primary elections, one word keeps coming up to explain why Republicans had such a lackluster showing.

“Republicans did not address the abortion issue,” state Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, told The Herald, of Everett. “What transpired was lots of people who were passionate on the issue, independent and Democrat, showed up and voted. We got it wrong, and we need to change.”