The gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, announced a bipartisan list of candidates it plans to support this fall.


The list from Americans for Responsible Solutions is heavy on Democrats in competitive races who backed the bipartisan legislation to tighten background checks last spring: Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLobbying world Former New Orleans mayor: It's not my 'intention' to run for president Dems grasp for way to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick MORE (D-La.), Mark UdallMark Emery UdallTrump calls Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political’ Record number of LGBT candidates running for governor Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation MORE (D-Colo.), Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE (D-N.C.) and Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMinnesota New Members 2019 Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Gillibrand sidesteps question on possible Clinton 2020 run MORE (D-Minn.); and Reps. Ron BarberRonald (Ron) Sylvester BarberKavanaugh nomination a make or break moment to repeal Citizens United Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 Principles and actions mean more than Jeff Flake’s words MORE (D-Ariz.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), and 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 running for the Senate.

But the group is also backing Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell, Flake clash over protecting Mueller probe Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails Senators introduce bill to respond to Khashoggi killing MORE (R-Maine), who's favored for reelection, and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), in a closely watched race.

ARS senior advisor Pia Carusone admitted the list leaned Democratic but said that wasn't the group's goal.

"We would in some ways love nothing more than to have a bigger list of Republican incumbents we could support," she said on a Tuesday afternoon conference call. "There's a lot of Democratic incumbents on this list but it's not entirely that. It's a bipartisan list."

Carusone said the group's goal was to make gun control "a wash" in the 2014 elections and counter the National Rifle Association's outsized influence on elections. ARS had nearly $15 million in the accounts for its super-PAC as of the last reporting period and she predicted it would spend well beyond the $20 million the group initially hoped to raise on this election.

Kelly said the group would keep working into future years to push for bipartisan compromise on gun control.

"We need leaders that are ready to shatter the tired myth that you can't be both pro-gun rights and pro-gun violence prevention," he said.

The group's early list doesn't target any sitting lawmakers who opposed the law, but hinted that Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) might be a target, and said they might play in the race to replace retiring Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa).