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TheChat: Roy Blunt wins the NRA’s backing


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▪ “He has consistently opposed the extreme gun control agenda of President Obama, Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and has stood up against anti-gun nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court.” — Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, on his group’s endorsement of Republican Roy Blunt for re-election to the U.S. Senate in Missouri.

Cox went on to call Blunt a “champion of our Second Amendment rights.”

▪ “Is Washington working for your family? After twenty years there, it's working great for Roy Blunt's family.” — an announcer in a TV ad paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that rips Blunt for voting to raise his own salary and questions whether family members working as lobbyists pose a conflict of interest.

The spot marks the first time the DSCC has paid for advertising on behalf of Democrat Jason Kander and signals the party’s belief that the race is highly competitive. (link via

▪ “8th in the country.” — where Missouri ranks in an election administration performance assessment from the independent Pew Charitable Trusts.

Kander said the state ranked 13th before he took office in 2013. Pew applauded Missouri for its work in the areas of online voter registration and data completeness.

▪ “He is unique, that’s for sure.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican, reiterating his support of Donald Trump.

When questioned about the candidate, Roberts added, “I don’t think it does us any good to get into all this infighting back and forth over the nominee.”