After spending $10.6 million in the Nov. 4 elections and “barely [winning] half its contests,” Gabby Giffords’ gun control group–Americans For Responsible Solutions (ARS)–says it will be back in 2016.
But Politico describes this as “a steep task,” and that may be putting it mildly.
Think about it–ARS endorsed 18 total candidates in House, Senatorial, and gubernatorial races. Of these, they claim nine wins yet among the high-profile races in which they supported pro-gun control Senators, ARS came up nearly empty-handed. They supported Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and Kay Hagan (D-NC)–both of whom lost–and they supported pro-gun control Senatorial candidate Bruce Braley (D-IA), who lost to pro-Second Amendment Senator-elect Joni Ernst (R-IA).
They also supported pro-gun control Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is headed toward a December 6 runoff with pro-Second Amendment Senatorial candidate Bill Cassidy (R-LA). Politico is already pointing out Landrieu is “likely to lose” that race.
And in the House, Gabby Giffords’ old seat–Arizona District 2, has yet to be called even though Giffords & Co. “invested $2.3 million” in an effort to secure victory for pro-gun control Representative Ron Barber (D-AZ-2).
The only high-profile victory ARS can boast is that of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
Yet ARS senior advisor Pia Carusone says they want to show Democrats that it’s okay to talk to about gun control. That it is possible to do so and win.
Meanwhile, Adage.com reports that Democrats are keeping their mouths and their wallets shut regarding Senator Landrieu’s runoff election. They are not countering the commercials against her spending habits, and they are not standing with her on her support for gun control.
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