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.