Gun control group launches ad campaign in Texas GOP districts

Gun control group launches ad campaign in Texas GOP districts
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The Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund rolled out a $250,000 ad campaign Monday focusing on Republican-held House seats in Texas.

The gun control group's ads will run in districts held by Reps. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP seeks Biden referendum over vaccine mandates The Memo: Biden comes out punching on COVID-19 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Texas's near abortion ban takes effect MORE, Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulHouse passes bill to compensate 'Havana syndrome' victims McCaul pressures State to formalize ties to outside evacuation groups Biden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict MORE, John CarterJohn Rice CarterBottom line READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyFreedom Caucus urges opposition to defense bill over 'draft our daughters' provision GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court Reps. Greene, Roy fined for not wearing masks on House floor MORE, as well as the state's 24th Congressional District, where Beth Van Duyne is running for Congress.

The Cook Political Report rates the 24th District a "toss-up," while McCaul's and Roy's seats are rated "lean Republican." Crenshaw's and Carter's seats are classified as "likely Republican."

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Earlier this year, Everytown announced its intent to spend a minimum of $60 million nationwide in the 2020 elections.

The new ads are part of the group's $8 million effort to pressure Republican candidates with ties to the gun rights lobby. The effort, titled "Gun Sense Majority: Texas,” is also focusing on 20 state-level races. The group said it needs to flip nine seats in order to have a "gun sense majority" in the Texas legislature.

“We’re investing in Texas because this state has one of the highest rates of gun violence deaths in the country,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, told reporters in February.