Open thread: Showdown in Mississippi

posted at 7:21 pm on June 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

The last four polls from the state had it McDaniel by four, Cochran by five, Cochran by one, McDaniel by two. Overall poll average: Dead heat. There is, in other words, a very real chance that tea partiers, having been thwarted in Kentucky by McConnell, are going to beat their third GOP incumbent in as many cycles after all tonight in Mississippi. Here’s your thread to follow the returns, which could run late given how close the race is. Everyone grasps the basic dynamics of the race — establishment versus tea party, pork-procurement versus ideology — but don’t overlook age as a factor in the outcome. This tidbit from FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten caught my eye:

If seniors turn out strong for Cochran, it may be enough. Age has actually played several roles in the race, not only as a proxy for Cochran’s endless tenure in D.C. but also, of course, as an element of his wife being harassed in her nursing home by that blogger. A few writers who’ve been covering it also couldn’t help notice that Cochran himself seems a step slower these days than he used to be. Dave Weigel calls it the issue that no one wants to talk about. Molly Ball’s willing to, though:

As the primary neared, Cochran’s campaign has sought to create the impression of a candidate fighting vigorously for survival, setting him on an intensive, two-week bus tour around the state. Unhelpfully for a man trying to defeat the image that he is more at home in Washington than Mississippi, he has sometimes sounded like an awestruck tourist, as when he told the Wall Street Journal, “It’s just good to be home, in the warmth of the friendships of people I don’t get to see as often as I would like because I’m in Washington most of the time.” And while his campaign touts his long days and punishing schedule on the trail, much of the tour has not been advertised publicly. At a coffee shop here Monday morning, I watched as Cochran’s staff moved him from place to place like a prop; Representative Gregg Harper, a supporter, had to remind him to greet patrons, and he was mostly silent as he shook hands, standing still and listening as Harper made conversation…

Onstage at the rally, Cochran read from paper notes. It was a stock speech of generic Republican lines, a marked contrast from Cochran’s rambling performance earlier in Meridian. Cochran read slowly and deliberately, looking up from the podium every so often. The other politicians surrounding him onstage appeared nervous about whether he’d make it through the text, but he did not stumble. “President Obama has taken us down some wrong paths, but starting tomorrow, we can get America back on the right path,” Cochran said. “That starts with repealing Obamacare!” Belatedly, he thrust a finger forward, then waited as the crowd applauded forcefully.

The impression you get from the piece, as someone said today on Twitter, is of a guy who might very well have wanted to retire but was conscripted into another battle by the state’s GOP establishment because he was still their best chance to stop McDaniel and maximize Mississippi’s pork opportunities. Ball calls Cochran a “Naive Establishmentarian,” an incumbent a la Bob Bennett or Dick Lugar who didn’t compete vigorously from the beginning of the race to beat back a tea-party challenge because he naively assumed that a state that had elected him repeatedly would never turn on him. Smart Republicans like McConnell, Orrin Hatch, and Lindsey Graham didn’t make that mistake and they’re all likely to be back in the Senate next year. We’ll find out tonight if the Cochran brand is enough to spare him Bennett’s and Lugar’s fate. Or maybe we won’t find out: If neither Cochran nor McDaniel gets to 50 percent, which is possible given that there’s a third-party candidate on the ballot too, they’ll head to a runoff in a few weeks.

The other big primary tonight is Iowa, where Joni “Make ‘Em Squeal” Ernst — who’s been endorsed by everyone from Mitt Romney to Sarah Palin to Marco Rubio — is the likely winner. There’s some runoff suspense there too, though, as Ernst needs to pull at least 35 percent to advance to the general election and has to hold off three opponents to do it, one of whom, Mark Jacobs, has spent millions on the race. If he ends up in a runoff with Ernst, it’ll be a battle between big money and big endorsements. And maybe some more castration ads.

You can follow the returns at Politico, RCP, or Ace’s “Decision Desk” crew, who do a nice job and have actually called races in the past before some of the pros have. The polls close at 8 p.m. ET in Mississippi and at 10 p.m. ET in Iowa.

Update: Looking good early for Cochran, says The Upshot’s Nate Cohn.

Update: At 10 p.m. ET, with 43 percent in, Cochran’s at 51 percent. He’s also up early in Rankin County, a key battleground. Cochran’s urban support is keeping pace with McDaniel’s rural support, too:

Update: RCP analyst Sean Trende thinks it’s looking good for Cochran, but maybe not good enough to avoid a runoff.

Update: McDaniel’s best hope:

Update: Hmmmmm.

Update: Late surge by McDaniel?

Ace’s decision desk now has McDaniel up a tiny bit at 50.5 percent. Others have McDaniel up 49.6/48.8 with 77 percent in.

Update: McDaniel’s at 50.2 percent with 83 percent reporting. Gotta think he’s the favorite if they end up in a runoff. Now or never for Cochran.

Update: Meanwhile, no suspense in Iowa. Joni Ernst wins without a runoff, per the AP. Bring on Bruce Braley.

Update: Runoff looking more likely in Mississippi. On the one hand, McDaniel has now slipped to 49.9 percent. On the other hand:

Update: Still some precincts left but it looks like we’re destined for a runoff — and an eventual McDaniel victory. Let the establishment whining begin!


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Out with the old!!!

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I vote for ME!

coolrepublica on June 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Turnout has been very low in Mississippi.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I vote for ME!

coolrepublica on June 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Count me out..

Electrongod on June 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

There’s a third party candidate and they could have another vote too, if no one makes it over…

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Shoulda changed his name to Kochran.

vnvet on June 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

None of this matters. The fix is in. The GOP (The Grand Ole Progressives) will continue to assist the DemoCommies in any way they can. Elections are meaningless at this stage. The ideological cancer is utterly malignant.

Augustinian on June 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Here’s to Joni having a runoff.

AH_C on June 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

2014 U.S. ELECTION CALENDAR

JUNE 3, 2014:
Alabama – Primary Election
California – Primary Election
Hawaii – Filing Deadline
Iowa – Primary Election
Massachusetts – Filing Deadline (Major Parties)
Minnesota – Filing Deadline
Mississippi – Primary Election
Montana – Primary Election
New Jersey – Primary Election
New Mexico – Primary Election
South Dakota – Primary Election

http://www.politics1.com/calendar.htm

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Representative Gregg Harper, a supporter, had to remind him to greet patrons

Always a good sign, having to remind a politician to work the flesh.

“Hi there, who are you?”

-Bill Berditzman, senator, it’s a pleasure to meet you.

“Uhhh…who am I?”

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Augustinian on June 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

You’ve got it all figured out. Bless your heart.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Alaska, US
11m
New activity at Pavlof Volcano in Alaska prompts ‘red’ alert, the highest volcano alert in 5 years – @Reuters
End of alert

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I don’t care much for Grand Ole Progressives myself.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 7:32 PM


http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/2014-us-elections/

2014 US elections
elections
6d
Ready for Hillary changes Federal Election Commission status to allow 2014 activism – @politico
Read more on politico.com

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Remember Mississippi seniors, the polls open tomorrow at 8 AM.

Maxpower on June 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

None of this matters. The fix is in. The GOP (The Grand Ole Progressives) will continue to assist the DemoCommies in any way they can. Elections are meaningless at this stage. The ideological cancer is utterly malignant.

Augustinian on June 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Oh relax, and then erect a Mexican flag on the pole outside so your new neighbors can feel at home.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Thread is flowing like molasses. Must be dinnertime.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Next up to bats(s):

JUNE 10, 2014:

Arkansas – Primary Run-Off Election
Connecticut – Filing Deadline (Major Parties)
Maine – Primary Election
Nevada – Primary Election
North Dakota – Primary Election
South Carolina – Primary Election
Virginia – Primary Elections

http://www.politics1.com/calendar.htm

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Terrified Left

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I think McDaniel will win this coming from someone in the state.

sorrowen on June 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

There is also a primary in CA to see who ends up being Jerry Brown’s punching bag in November. I voted for Donnelly. He’s kind of a tool, but at least he didn’t vote for Obama like Kashkari did.

Mark1971 on June 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

If Cochran is defeated, I wonder how Mitch McConnell will feel about his chances against Lundergran-Grimes…

Jedditelol on June 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Thread is flowing like molasses. Must be dinnertime.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Judge_Dredd: News feed is in like manner, er,.molasses thingy:)

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Tomasky fought back as the tidy message spiraled out of control. He wrote that “to most Americans, this is a feel-good story. We value a life, one American life. … But of course, that doesn’t matter to the right. No one outside their base cares much about Benghazi, but that hasn’t stopped them. … The crazy never stops.”

Unfortunately for Tomasky and his fellow partisans, the attempt to ensure that this would be yet another scandal that the media ignore or downplay took a major blow. People started stating publicly what had been chatted about on social networks throughout the weekend.

I really hope that Tomasky dies in obama’s azz. That w/b the ultimate justice.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

;-D

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 7:47 PM

But what Americans instead got was someone micturating in their mouth and telling them it was raining.

You need to memorize this, America!

You got this from obama, the treasonouse CiC of the land.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:47 PM

NCIS will be on in 12.

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 7:47 PM

treasonous CiC, cheered on by the old thug, Harry Reid, and NO one else, except a few fools on HA…not even the socks.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:48 PM

https://twitter.com/dmregister

Tweets
Tweets and replies

Des Moines Register @DMRegister · 5m

Polls are open until 9 p.m. today. Here’s a look at turnout so far: http://dmreg.co/1oTM6xR #iavotes

Voter turnout in Iowa thus far

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/videos/news/politics/elections/2014/06/03/9930731/?sf26918903=1

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Electrongod on June 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

That nom is an enemy. I with you Electrongod. Down twinkles upon her.

Bmore on June 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I hate the fact that the phrase “he/she spent millions on the race” has anything to do with it at all. It’s a testament to the stupidity of the electorate.

Diluculo on June 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM

That nom is an enemy. I with you Electrongod. Down twinkles upon her.

Bmore on June 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM

She can’t defend her obama today. Only verbie, the fool, tried.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

If you’re voting for Cochran, your slot has been postponed. Please come back in 24 hours.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

She can’t defend her obama today. Only verbie, the fool, tried.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Verby expired. Now he tries to talk directly to Ed. Heh.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 7:52 PM

So we released a few terror warlords, brought back a treasonous fuk, but at least the gheys can marry, amirite?

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Results for #iavotes

https://twitter.com/hashtag/iavotes?src=hash

Iowa Sec. of State ‏@IowaSOS 1h

Polls close at 9 p.m. Election results will begin to be reported by counties at http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov after the polls close. #IA #IAVotes

June 3, 2014 Primary Election

http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/Views/TabularData.aspx?TabView=StateRaces^Federal%20/%20Statewide%20Races^83&ElectionID=83

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Verby expired. Now he tries to talk directly to Ed. Heh.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 7:52 PM

What happened?

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

If McDaniel wins the primary, is he a serious risk to lose the Senate seat to a Democrat?

Steve Z on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

*I’m

Bmore on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

She can’t defend her obama today. Only verbie, the fool, tried.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Yes well in verbaluce’s defense, the only reason we refuse to see California’s wonderful country-leading economy is that we hate Jerry Brown.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Wow.. 30+ posts and joana hasn’t hijacked it..

Yet.

wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

The first nom is a traitor to HA and the land. verbaluce may be as well. The difference. I enjoy, (enjoyed) verbaluce.

Bmore on June 3, 2014 at 7:56 PM

What happened?

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Nothing, except that verby got even dumber.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Aw crap, you summoned the kraken.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

If McDaniel wins the primary, is he a serious risk to lose the Senate seat to a Democrat?

Steve Z on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Only if Cochran and his ilk continue to exhibit the “sore loser syndrome” that we’ve seen from Lugar, Castle, Bolling, & Crist.

topdawg on June 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Go Joni

rbj on June 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

YOU bunch of TRUCONS!!!

wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

U.S. Senator – Rep

Joni Ernst Republican Party

Squeal
******

Published on Mar 24, 2014

Joni grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so in Washington, she’ll know how to cut pork! Contribute today at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Y24MFOfFU

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Clarion-Ledger poll: McDaniel 49% Cochran 42%
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12:06 PM – 3 Jun 2014

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

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Bmore on June 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

It’s like Thad is visiting a foreign country when he arrives in Mississippi….I fear there is more to his health problems than has been told. I don’t think he will complete another term even if elected.

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

If McDaniel wins the primary, is he a serious risk to lose the Senate seat to a Democrat?

Steve Z on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Mcdaniel has a very serious chance of losing… just slightly under 0.000000001%.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

YOU bunch of TRUCONS!!!

wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Mississippi only has rubes and hicks, you know SOCONS.

RickB on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

U.S. Senator – Rep ()
Sam Clovis Republican Party

US Senate candidate Sam Clovis

Published on May 16, 2014
**************************

Commitment 2014 candidate profile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oCe_fQw7_E

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Nothing, except that verby got even dumber.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I wasn’t aware that was possible. That guy is more convoluted than my small intestine.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I want Cochran to win tonight…. Puts the GOP one step closer to senate majority, thereby making obama’s last 2 years a living Hell

Starting with blocking, slowing all federal judicial appts

Joint house-senate subpoena power

Dismantle and defund obamacare by sun setting risk corridor funding

For starters

matthew8787 on June 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Joan Walsh on Hardball just a bit ago:

“I’m not saying it’s true that Cochran had an affair”, but some one else reported it”

Matthews actually chastised her for her comment, but….

I just had to tweet sweet Joanie…….

KCRovin ‏@KCRovin 18m
@joanwalsh “I’m not saying it’s true that Cochran had an affair”, but some one else reported it” I’m not saying you’re a lying slut Joan.

Rovin on June 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Wow.. 30+ posts and joana hasn’t hijacked it..

Yet.

wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

wolly4321:

NOT SO BOINKING LOUD,….the TROLLS SMELL FEAR, I THINK:)
(snark)

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Mississippi only has rubes and hicks, you know SOCONS.

RickB on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Deep in the heart of toothless country… where Bibles outnumber teeth.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Starting with blocking, slowing all federal judicial appts

Joint house-senate subpoena power

Dismantle and defund obamacare by sun setting risk corridor funding

For starters

matthew8787 on June 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Uh, you’re new here aren’t you. To earth, I mean.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

McDaniel can win the general but he has to be damned careful every moment becuz the national media will be all over him. Just like Murdock and akin

matthew8787 on June 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

RickB on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Deep in the heart of toothless country… where Bibles outnumber teeth.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet: As it should be,..(sarc):)

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Just Lovely,………………..NOT!!

Des Moines Register @DMRegister · 34s

Tornado warning until 7:30 p.m. for Ringgold County. http://dmreg.co/1hXGM4V #iawx

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

It’s like Thad is visiting a foreign country when he arrives in Mississippi….I fear there is more to his health problems than has been told. I don’t think he will complete another term even if elected.

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Maybe that was the plan? Keep the seat RINO, and then have him retire after being sworn in, and the governor appoints someone approved by Boss Hawg?

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

You guys are totally wrong about McConnell – he detests Obama and has only been playing a role to get past re-election. Give him a chance, he’s never been majority leader.

matthew8787 on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

That is the plan.

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Remember Mississippi seniors, the polls open tomorrow at 8 AM.

Maxpower on June 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

If you’re voting for Cochran, your slot has been postponed. Please come back in 24 hours.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

and I’m sure they all hit the sack early tonite so they can get to the polls early tomorrow after a delicious breakfast at Bob Evans…down on the farm.

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/severe-weather-outbreak-in-us-great-plains-june-3-4-2014/

Severe weather outbreak in US Great Plains, Midwest, June 3-4, 2014
9m

Photo: Large hail falls west of Fort Calhoun, Neb. – @breohrt via @TWCBreaking
see original on twitter.com

https://twitter.com/breohrt/status/473973120655556611/photo/1
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Severe weather outbreak in US Great Plains, Midwest, June 3-4, 2014
13m
Tornado warning issued for Iowa’s Ringgold County until 7:30 pm CT – @TWCBreaking
Read more on weather.com

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Throw out Thad!

bluegill on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Weare getting hellacious storms here…

OmahaConservative on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Just like Murdock and akin

matthew8787 on June 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

not even close

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

And just what is wrong with Bob Evans? Except all the handicapped parking spots, that is.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

What the heck happened to verbaluce?

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

bluegill on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Right after we harpoon the hagfish.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Apparently it is a secret.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

https://twitter.com/AP_Politics

AP Politics @AP_Politics · 3h

Tea party goes after Cochran in Miss. GOP primary, by @DavidEspoAP http://apne.ws/1iQLod3

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/primaries-8-states-senate-house-governor

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

And just what is wrong with Bob Evans? Except all the handicapped parking spots, that is.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

not a thing..except all the Q-tips taking up those handicapped spots…

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

and I’m sure they all hit the sack early tonite so they can get to the polls early tomorrow after a delicious breakfast at Bob Evans…down Home on the farm.

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

FIFY

RickB on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

And maybe some more castration ads.

LOL and yes @ AP!

Mark Boabaca on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Well if he needs anyone to give him a character reference, I am in. As Lefties go he is above average.

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

If McDaniel wins the primary, is he a serious risk to lose the Senate seat to a Democrat?

Steve Z on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

No. Mississippi is not electing a Democrat to the Senate.

I’ll say that in South Mississippi it looks really good for McDaniel. Unless you get a lot of Democrats voting in the Republican primary just to hand Cochran a win, I don’t think he’s going back in.

I’ll grant that older people might be more inclined to Cochran by nature, but I think they’re so fed up with Washington at this point that they’re going with McDaniel. So Cochran may wind up losing because the people are tired of Obama, and see Cochran as no help.

Side note: Gne Taylor was once considered one of the most conservative Democrats in the House — because he knew his constituents were conservative. He lost in 2010 to Steven Palazzo on a “Fire Pelosi” campaign, where they reminded everyone that, no matter how much media coverage Taylor got as a “conservative” Democrat, his first vote when he got to Washington was for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

So guess who’s running in his old Congressional district this year — but this time as a Republican?

Yep.

I think Palazzo will take it again, but here are about 5 Republicans running in the primary for this district, and it wouldn’t be impossible for the vote to get split badly enough that Taylor wins.

Still don’t think it’s likely, though.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

OmahaConservative on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I just saw the weather report and am glad you are on :) Stay safe young man.

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

AP Politics @AP_Politics · 2h

Giffords’ gun control group to help at least 11 congressional candidates in 2014 elections. http://apne.ws/1pPY3Su
====================================================

Gun control group focused on at least 11 races
By KEN THOMAS
— Jun. 3, 2014 6:59 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A gun-control organization led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, outlined plans Tuesday to support candidates in at least 11 congressional races this year who have backed efforts in Congress to enact stricter gun control laws.

Americans for Responsible Solutions said it will support a slate of nine Democrats and two Republicans in 2014 — and perhaps more. The group has raised about $14.5 million since it was founded in January 2013 and plans to spend money on television and online advertising and direct mail to help the list of mostly incumbent candidates.

“We need leaders who are ready to shatter the tired myth that you can’t be pro-gun rights and pro-gun violence prevention,” Kelly said in a conference call with reporters.

Giffords, D-Ariz., was severely wounded in a January 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people. The couple formed the political action committee and partner nonprofit organization in the aftermath of the December 2012 killings of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The group plans to advertise in some of the Democrats’ top Senate races, helping Sens. Mark Udall of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Al Franken of Minnesota and Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, who is seeking the state’s open Senate seat. It also intends to help Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

It plans to help four House incumbents: Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., a former Giffords aide; Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster of New Hampshire; and Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, who represents a House district outside Philadelphia.

A proposed expansion of background checks on the sale of firearms was derailed in the Senate last year and Democrats have struggled to advance new gun-control measures in an election year featuring tough races in some conservative and Western states. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who has supported more gun control, has said he will spend $50 million this year on campaigns that include drawing gun-control voters to the polls.

Democrats have raised hopes of achieving parity with the National Rifle Association, which spent nearly $20 million on federal campaign activity in 2012 races. It has reported 5 million members, many of whom regard gun issues strongly when voting.

Pia Carusone, Americans for Responsible Solutions’ executive director, said it would “meet and exceed” the $20 million fundraising goal it set at the start of the 2014 campaign cycle but declined to specify how much it plans to spend on federal races this year.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/gun-control-group-focused-least-11-races

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Weare getting hellacious storms here…

OmahaConservative on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I heard softball…then…. baseball sized hail…so which is it? We only had biggie marble sized hail a couple of weeks ago where I live and it did a lot of damage to cars and picture windows.

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

and I’m sure they all hit the sack early tonite so they can get to the polls early tomorrow after a delicious breakfast at Bob Evans…down on the farm.

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

And just what is wrong with Bob Evans? Except all the handicapped parking spots, that is.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Bob Evans rocks. Heh!

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

thanks for all the updates our great Northern friend.

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

OmahaConservative on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I just saw the weather report and am glad you are on :) Stay safe young man.

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

CoffeeLover: Evening CL,..yes,..Omaha is under da gun:)

Oh,..the severity,isn’t RED,..but dangerous gruesome Pink!!

http://www.news9.com/category/167025/weather-storm-tracker

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

thanks for all the updates our great Northern friend.

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

CoffeeLover: Anytime,..lol,my youngest grandson is playing
trucks at my feet:)

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

What the heck happened to verbaluce?

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

He is more convoluted then Judge Dredd’s small intestine.

This isn’t the most recent report about verby, but he tried to hijack a thread about LiveAction’s pro-life video and got run off worse than a rented mule.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I thought so canopfor which is why I came over here earlier than usual. Pink is bad enough. (lol, not my favorite color)

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

IOWA:

Severe weather outbreak in US Great Plains, Midwest, June 3-4, 2014
4m
Roads closed near Corning, Iowa, due to wind, trees downed on homes, emergency management reports – @breakingweather
End of alert

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

our little guy graduated preK yesterday LOL. Enjoy it goes by so fast doesn’t it.

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Hey AP, the Molly Ball article says Server Not Found.

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Well,..this inexplicably popped up,.so I’m going with it:

Warner Todd Huston ‏@warnerthuston

Mad Magazine TOTALY slays Obama on this disastrous Bergdahl deal… pic.twitter.com/9cLU7V0all

https://twitter.com/warnerthuston/status/473966402714341376/photo/1

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I just saw the weather report and am glad you are on :) Stay safe young man.

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

There are more storms backed up. My street looked like a river earlier…

OmahaConservative on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I heard softball…then…. baseball sized hail…so which is it? We only had biggie marble sized hail a couple of weeks ago where I live and it did a lot of damage to cars and picture windows.

gracie on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Baseball sized…

OmahaConservative on June 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

What have you got against Judge Dredd’s small intestine?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

OmahaConservative on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Just be careful and don’t let Ratso outside with you. And you keep your eyes peeled please.

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

lol (waving)

CoffeeLover on June 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Yes well in verbaluce’s defense, the only reason we refuse to see California’s wonderful country-leading economy is that we hate Jerry Brown.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I’m sorry. I attributed a thought to Verbaluce that was actually Urban Elitist’s. Apologies, Verbaluce. But you leftards all run together sometimes.

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

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