Gun control is a losing issue for Democrats. At least, it was in Virginia.
According to a new GunsAmerica analysis, Everytown spent over $200,000 on six of the seven Democrats who lost seats in the House of Delegates. In addition, Everytown spent $1.8 million on Virginia statewide races over the last two months, all of which went up in smoke when Republicans swept those seats this week.
Democratic incumbent delegates Chris Hurst, Joshua Cole, Lashrecse D. Aird, Nancy Guy, Alex Askew, and Martha Mugler are all listed as “Gun Sense Candidates” on the organization’s website, but all six delegates lost their seats to Republicans this week, handing control of the lower chamber back to the GOP.
The gun-control group has spent a fortune recruiting and running hand-picked former volunteers for state and national seats, but since 2019, public records indicate that Everytown spent (i.e., wasted) a whopping $215,340 on these five losing candidates ($265,340 since 2017).
- Alex Askew: $46,324
- Nancy Guy: $64,624
- Lashrecse Aird: $33,378
- Joshua Cole: $34,166
- Martha Mugler: $36,848
- Chris Hurst: $50,000 in 2017
These numbers might pale in comparison to the organization’s donations to statewide candidates like Terry McAuliffe, but to local delegates, Bloomberg’s cash is no small potatoes. Everytown was among each candidate’s top-10 donors, and their money helped them out-earn their Republican opponents by millions of dollars.
Neither that money nor their commitment to Everytown’s anti-gun agenda proved to be enough to secure their seats.
Everytown cheered when its $50,000 donation helped Chris Hurst earn a seat in the House in 2017 on a radical anti-gun agenda. This year, his campaign was marred by a drunk driving arrest in 2020 and a campaign sign vandalism scandal. Still, his historic support for gun control didn’t earn him the win, despite spending twice as much as his Republican opponent.
Alex Askew celebrated on his website his commitment to “reducing gun violence in the community,” and the VCDL rated him as only 13% pro-gun.
In 2019, Everytown founder Michael Bloomberg made a personal trip to visit Nancy Guy. She gave him his money’s worth that year by helping Democrats pass a universal background check bill, but Bloomberg’s cash wasn’t enough to save her this year.
She outspent her Republican opponent, Tim Anderson, by $1.2 million, but he edged her out by 732 votes. Anderson featured prominently on his website his support for the Second Amendment and highlighted his previous work as a lawyer advocating for gun rights.
It’s unlikely this poor showing from “Gun Sense” candidates will encourage Democrats to pull back from their radical gun control agenda, but until they do, gun owners will continue to flock to the polls.
As GunsAmerica reported this week, nearly 70% of Republican governor Glenn Younkin’s voters came from gun-owning households, and 483,000 more Virginians who came from gun-owning households voted for Youngkin than voted for Republican Ed Gillespie in 2017.