Democrats in Ohio say they’ll need a new recipe for a second huge abortion rights win

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BURTON, OHIO — Abortion rights activists shocked themselves and the Ohio political world when they resoundingly defeated an August proposal that would have made it more difficult to enshrine abortion protections in the state’s constitution.

The next test comes on Nov. 7, when voters will decide whether to adopt a constitutional amendment to preserve access to abortion in a state that has veered increasingly to the right since 2016. 

But despite their high-profile victory in August, abortion rights activists know it doesn’t mean November will be a cakewalk — and Democrats still face hurdles when it comes to the 2024 political cycle.

NBC News spoke with more than a dozen state and local party officials, volunteers and voting activists, along with more than 20 Ohio voters, about how abortion shaped their perspectives on upcoming elections.