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Gun control group dives into Senate races

The gun control group bankrolled by billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) on Tuesday handed out dozens of endorsements in its bid for more stringent gun control regulations.

Included on the endorsement list are several Democrats embroiled in tough races that could decide control of the Senate.

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Bloomberg has committed to spend at least $50 million, as he seeks to counter the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) political muscle this fall. Borrowing from the NRA’s own playbook, Everytown for Gun Safety began asking lawmakers to detail their positions on gun control in July.

On Tuesday, the group announced endorsements for more than 100 state and federal office seekers, though it is unclear how much financial backing any of the candidates would receive.

“These are candidates who have shown leadership in the fight to keep our communities safe from gun violence both on the state and federal level,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

The group supports a host of stronger gun protections, including an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for commercial gun sales.

Among the candidates receiving backing are 32 candidates for state offices, 61 vying for House seats and 17 running for the U.S. Senate.

In the Senate, the group is endorsing vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sens. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganPolitics is purple in North Carolina Democrats can win North Carolina just like Jimmy Carter did in 1976 North Carolina will be a big battleground state in 2020 MORE (N.C.), Mark UdallMark Emery UdallDemocratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' MORE (Colo.) and Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuProject Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' MORE (La.), as well as Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE (D-Iowa), who is battling for the seat to be vacated by retiring Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinTrump should require federal contractors to follow the law Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate Democrats are all talk when it comes to DC statehood MORE (D-Iowa).

The list also contains some Republicans, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (Maine), whose seat is considered safe.

Formed earlier this year, Everytown is a coalition including the groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns, co-founded by Bloomberg, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, formed in the wake of the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.