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 CrenshawSecond night of GOP convention outdraws Democrats' event with 19.4 million viewers GOP sticks to convention message amid uproar over Blake shooting The Hill's Convention Report: Mike and Karen Pence set to headline third night of convention MORE, Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulRussia continues Navalny probe, wants to send additional investigators to Germany Pompeo says 'substantial chance' Navalny poisoning was ordered by senior Russian official House panel calls for Trump to investigate Russia's role in Navalny poisoning MORE, John CarterJohn Rice CarterDonna Imam wins Democratic runoff to face Rep. John Carter House panel advances bill banning construction on bases with Confederate names Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyPelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership GOP lawmakers want answers from Disney on Mulan, China Freedom Caucus member Chip Roy touts bipartisanship in first campaign ad 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.