The New Republic claims the campaigns for the 2014 mid-term elections prove that Democrats need not fear the NRA any longer.
This conclusion is largely drawn from the fact that Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) voted for gun control in 2013, yet is currently running slightly ahead of Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Real Clear Politics has Hagan ahead by 3.7 points.
According to The New Republic, Hagan’s lead proves that “crossing the NRA is hardly fatal.” They claim it also proves that supporting the NRA is hardly worth it–if you’re a Democrat.
To support this, they cite the NRA endorsement of Senator Mark Pryor’s (D-AR) Republican challenger, even though Pryor voted against the Senate’s gun control bill. And the NRA did not endorse anyone in the race in Alaska, where Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) voted against the gun control his party supported.
The New Republic misses the NRA’s overarching goal of helping to free the Senate from Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) grip, thereby alleviating a massive gun control threat and the possible confirmation of more anti-Second Amendment judges.
By focusing on Hagan’s 3.7 point lead in NC, the outlet overlooks the fact that the other red state Democrat senator who voted for gun control–three term Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)–is down nearly 6 points to her Republican challenger.
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