Michael Bloomberg spent over $2 million trying to buy four of Virginia state Senate races in hopes of taking away the pro-gun GOP’s two-seat advantage and giving Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) the power to take away gun rights. As it turned out, the GOP retained all their seats and Bloomberg’s money was wasted.
With all the stress nanny Bloomberg has caused, it’s great to see him lose.
After the killing of two reporters by a madman in Virginia, the gun control activists felt it would be a winning campaign issue.
Bloomberg’s Everytown and Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), a group founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, spent millions which included sending out mailers with inaccurate statistics. Everytown spent $1.5 million on Jeremy McPike who did win and another $700,000 on Dan Gecker who lost to the Republican.
Two other losses for Democrats and Bloomberg were Jill McCabe and Gary McCollum.
Pediatrician, Dr. Jill McCabe, challenged incumbent Republican Sen. Dick Black. She called him “extreme” and a “career politician.”
Black responded saying, “I am a career prosecutor. I was a career military person. I was a career pilot. I’ve been an engineer I have done more things than she could ever imagine doing.”
They clashed over gun control. McCabe supported universal background checks for one thing.
“We need to make sure that firearms are not getting into the hands of people who can harm people with them,” she said.
Black said new gun control regulations won’t stop criminals. He was also critical of gun-free zones.
Gary McCollum, a Democrat, lost to Frank Wagner. McCollum who put out ads for Greater Gun Control put our literature for State Senate that read, “He served with the U.S. Army Rangers and is currently a Major in the Army Reserve.”
One big problem with that was he was not currently a Major in the Army Reserve and he was discharged from the Army in September 2001.
Everytown for Gun Safety put more than $500,000 into an ad buy targeting Republican Glen Sturtevant in the Richmond-area race to replace retiring GOP Sen. John C. Watkins in the 10th Senate District. But Mr. Sturtevant ended up winning the seat with about 50 percent of the vote to Democratic candidate Dan Gecker’s 47 percent.
Bloomberg’s Everytown kicked in smaller in-kind donations to Democratic incumbent Sen. Jennifer Wexton, who won re-election but Bloomberg also gave to Democratic state Senate candidates Kim Adkins and Gary McCollum and Democratic House of Delegates candidate Sara Townsend and they all lost.
McAuliffe (D) had barnstormed the state with 24 events over the past four days and had portrayed the elections as a make-or-break moment for his progressive agenda.
All 140 seats in the General Assembly were on the ballot. But all eyes were on a handful of Senate seats that would decide whether Republicans held their 21-19 majority in Richmond’s upper chamber. Because the GOP dominates the House, flipping the Senate was the term-limited governor’s only hope for building a legislative legacy.
Democrats could have taken control by picking up just one seat because of the tie-breaking authority of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D). But Republicans held all of their seats.
McAuliffe had solicited millions from out-of-state donors to help bankroll races.
The same thing happened the last time he tried to control Virginia’s elections.
Bloomberg dumped $150,000 into the race to see Sheriff David Clarke defeated in Milwaukee and the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal reported that other liberal groups poured in an additional $400,000 to help him lose. That didn’t work out fortunately.
Bloomberg lost in the 2014 mid-terms also. He spent $50 million and the pro-Second Amendment candidates won on gun rights.
Breitbart reports other Bloomberg losses: Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), who was defeated by pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), who was defeated by pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and gun control Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (D), who lost to pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and gun control Sen. Mary Landrieu (R-LA), who lost to pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
On social media, the NRA “congratulated” Everytown for spending $1.7 million in a district that broke 63 percent to 35 percent for President Obama in 2012. Mr. McPike got about 54 percent of the vote to Mr. Parrish’s 46 percent.
The NRA said Tuesday Mr. Bloomberg was defeated in Virginia and 92 percent of the group’s endorsed candidates ended up winning.
The GOP kept a strong hold on the House.