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November 08, 2012
Obama's Coattails Don't Extend to Gun-Control Advocates in Senate, House - 0
by John Haughey
Despite his re-election, President Barak Obama's proverbial coattails carried little practical influence in Congressional and Senate elections, particularly for gun-control advocates.
Democrats made marginal gains in the 435-member House, adding two seats. Five races were still too close to call on Nov. 8. Even if Democrats won all five remaining races, the GOP would still retain at least a 35-vote majority in the 113th Congress.
The Senate remains the same: 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and two Independents.
However, according to David Kopel of The Volokh Conspiracy, gun-rights advocates were assured of gaining three pro-Second Amendment additions to the Senate regardless which candidate won in New Mexico, North Dakota and Indiana.
Kopel said two strong proponents for gun-control will be joining the Senate -- Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor with a "hostile stance on gun rights," and Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, who earned an 'F' rating from the NRA during his stint as Governor.
Among Senate newcomers certain to stoutly defend gunowners' rights is Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, a six-term congressman and former executive director of the Goldwater Institute, a pro–Second Amendment think tank.
Lost opportunities for Second Amendment gains in the Senate, Kopel writes, include Ohio's anti-gun incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown surviving the costliest U.S. Senate race in history against Republican Josh Mandel, and anti-gun Democrat Tammy Baldwin's upset in Wisconsin over former Governor Tommy Thompson.
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