With one very notable exception at the top of the ticket (and we’ll see how that ends up), the 2020 elections are shaping up to be a very good one for gun owners, despite the massive spending on the part of gun control groups like Brady and Everytown as well as Michael Bloomberg himself in support of anti-gun candidates.
At the local level, pro-gun candidates made some big gains in state legislative races, and more importantly, anti-gun politicians gained almost no ground at all. As Politico described the scope of the GOP victories a week ago:
Votes are still being tallied, but it appears Democrats missed nearly all of their top targets — though there’s a slight chance they could gain control in the Arizona House and Senate. Party operatives concede they are not on track to win the Michigan or the Iowa houses, either chamber in Pennsylvania or the Minnesota state Senate, which was their most promising target this cycle.
Democrats did not flip the two seats needed to claim the majority in Minnesota’s upper chamber, which would have given them trifecta control of both chambers and the governor’s office.That outcome gives them less of an opening to protect some of the Democratic incumbents clustered around the Twin Cities next year when Minnesota is likely to lose a seat in the next redistricting.
The biggest disappointment came in the seat-rich state of Texas, Democrats needed nine seats to reclaim the majority after flipping a dozen in the midterms. Though some races remain uncalled, so far Democrats were able to unseat one incumbent and Republicans offset that with another pickup.