Candidates Running in Va. Election Receive Donations from Both Sides of Gun Debate
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Candidates running for election in Virginia this fall are getting donations from both sides of the gun debate. On Thursday, a group called ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ pledged $438,000 to Democratic candidates this year.
So far it's pledged to spend $2.5 million in the state total. The NRA also $200,000 to the re-election campaign of Virginia House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert - it's the NRA’s biggest one-time donation in Virginia in decades.
"The pro-Second Amendment and the pro-gun control groups are both funneling as much money as possible into these races because they'll actually have something to brag about depending on who wins - which party wins,” said University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato.
All 140 seats in the state legislature are up for grabs this November. Republicans currently hold a three-seat lead in the House of Delegates and just a one-seat advantage in the state Senate.