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‘The year of gun safety?’ Takeaways on gun control from Tuesday’s election results

November 7, 2018

In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo, Pennsylvania congressional candidates, from left, Chrissy Houlahan, Mary Gay Scanlon, state Rep. Madeleine Dean and Susan Wild, take part in a campaign rally in Philadelphia. Each of the Democratic candidates won their elections on Nov. 6 and are set to become the first women from Pennsylvania to serve full terms in Congress since 2014. They all were backed by gun-control groups.

By Staff

After Pittsburgh and Parkland, Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, gun control supporters approached Tuesday’s midterm election with what they said was more momentum than ever, expecting national frustration with mass shootings to help buoy some candidates to victory.

And on Wednesday, their optimism appeared to be largely affirmed, with victories by pro-gun control candidates in many of the congressional and gubernatorial races supporters viewed as referenda on the issue, in states including Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nevada. But gun rights supporters touted their own successes, including two U.S. Senate contests and state-level elections in Arkansas, Idaho and Oklahoma.

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