NRA Losing Democratic Support

Tough times for the NRA. Despite being one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying groups—with a budget of $200 million—the NRA has been losing Democrat support recently. The Washington Post cites that even before the Newtown shooting, some key Democratic seat losses in congressional elections, the shift of battlegrounds from rural areas to suburbs, and the growing view of the NRA as an arm of the GOP (see the Eric Holder contempt vote). With votes for stricter gun control coming in the next year, the NRA could use some support on both sides of the aisle.