Mike Bloomberg's gun-control group just vastly outspent the NRA to help Democrats win in Virginia
A gun-control lobbying group funded largely by billionaire Michael Bloomberg just helped Democrats take over the state government in Virginia – right in the National Rifle Association’s backyard.
In Tuesday’s elections, the Democrats tipped the Virginia House and Senate in their favor, giving them full control of the state government for the first time since 1994. The election had stronger-than-usual turnout in the suburbs, according to media reports.
While the results could be a good omen for Democrats’ chances in 2020, it may also be a tipping point in the money battle over gun rights. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control advocacy group that the former New York mayor helps fund, spent $2.5 million this year to influence voters in Virginia versus approximately $300,000 by the NRA, which has its headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
I congratulate all those who won this election by promising to tackle the climate crisis and protect Virginians from its effects. We’ll continue electing candidates who will provide the leadership our country needs.— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 6, 2019