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The NRA was already caught taking down its database of candidate grades because, in the words of an anonymous NRA staffer, “our enemies were using that.” Now, an analysis by the Trace finds that as longtime NRA allies see the writing on the wall on gun safety, the NRA has now downgraded many of its top allies at a previously unheard-of rate.
“Every election season, the NRA assigns letter grades to thousands of candidates in state and federal races nationwide. This grading system has become a notorious indicator of a politician’s fealty — or opposition — to the influential group. The grades can make or break campaigns.
“Of the 15 downgraded Republicans, more than half were docked two full grades or more. In contrast, the NRA downgraded just six Republicans in 2016, and only one of those involved a swing of more than one letter grade. The 2014 and 2012 election cycles saw eight and seven GOP candidates downgraded, respectively — only three of whom involved swings of more than one grade.”
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