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Gun Control Candidates With Money And A Promising Blue Wave

September 25, 2018

One of the issues that faces this nation during the mid-term elections is the obscene amount of money made from the gun industry.  The gun violence and deaths from these shootings has created a great deal of interest in ousting from office those who kneel and pray to the National Rifle Association.

Different groups and individuals are ramping up the messages to voters about why gun control is required, and why unresponsive members of congress need to be replaced.  One of the most vocal and financially engaged is Everytown for Gun Safety.  That pro-gun control group  is founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is rolling out a $5 million digital ad campaign targeting 15 House races.

Come election night this blogger will be following many races around the country.  But these below will have a special meaning.  What I am hopeful about is that many of these races are in suburban districts where women play a key voting demographic.  And we know where independent women voters are headed this year!

From suburban communities outside of cities like Atlanta, Kansas City, Miami and Minneapolis come the reason to hope.

CA-10

This is a media rich and pricey market where Stanford and Harvard-educated Democratic challenger Josh Harder hopes to defeat GOP incumbent Jeff Denham.

CA-22

California’s 22nd district, held by Trump’s enabler-in-chief in the House, Devin Nunes, makes this a very hard–and perhaps impossible pick-up.  But note Democrat Kamala Harris was elected into the U.S. Senate that same election year by an equally comfortable margin.  Challenger Andrew Janz is a criminal prosecutor and head winds—but this is 2018.

CA-45

In a district that went for Hillary Clinton in 2016 by a solid margin, GOP incumbent Mimi Walters, who is a climate change denier and unabashed Trump apologist is defending her seat against Katie Porter, a Yale and Harvard-educated law professor.

CA-48

Harley Rouda has a very good chance of taking down thirty-year incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, who has come under increased scrutiny by Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

In these mid-terms Minnesota is the New Ohio and means it is a battle ground state.  There are 4-5 (depending how you count and ponder) out of its eight congressional seats in play.

MN-02 and MN-03

Twin Cities suburban areas where polished challengers are taking on vulnerable Republican incumbents Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen.  Democrats Angie Craig in the 2nd and Dean Phillips in the  3rd district is what I will be watching as it relates to gun control candidates.

FL-26

Carlos Curbelo is the current representative and a Cuban-American.  Her Democratic opponent Mucarsel-Powell has said she was inspired to run for Congress the day that Mr. Curbelo voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. She has worked as an associate dean at Florida International University and as a volunteer for a variety of environmental causes.

FL-18

Democrat Lauren Baer and Republican incumbent Brian Mast will head to the balloting in November.

FL-25

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is in a very poll-tight contest with Democratic challenger Mary Barzee Flores.

The full list of targeted Republican incumbents includes Mike Coffman of Colorado, Karen Handel of Georgia, Kevin Yoder of Kansas, Mike Bishop of Michigan, Tom MacArthur of New Jersey and Barbara Comstock of Virginia.

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