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 HaganNC state senator meets with DSCC as Dems eye challenge to Tillis GOP, Dems locked in fight over North Carolina fraud probe 2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives MORE (N.C.), Mark UdallMark Emery UdallGardner gets latest Democratic challenge from former state senator Setting the record straight about No Labels Trump calls Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political’ MORE (Colo.) and 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 (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 HarkinWisconsin lawmaker refuses to cut hair until sign-language bill passes Iowa’s Ernst will run for reelection in 2020 California primary threatens to change 2020 game for Dems MORE (D-Iowa).

The list also contains some Republicans, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 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.