NRA-ILA 2012 Election Recap


Charlotte, NC –-( The dust is still settling from the November 6th 2012 voting, but one thing is clear:  NRA-ILA's 2012 election effort was one of the most sophisticated and targeted endeavors in our history.

Though President Obama was able to secure a second term, pro-gun voters did turn out to the polls in significant numbers, making the difference in several down-ballot races and ballot measures. 

Prior to Tuesday, our country had an anti-gun president, a questionable U.S. Senate majority, and a pro-gun U.S. House majority.  Today, America still has an anti-gun president, questionable U.S. Senate majority, and pro-gun U.S. House majority.  As Ronald Reagan once famously said: “Status Quo is, you know, Latin for the mess we're in.”

Here is a breakdown of other results from Tuesday's contests:
We won a significant pro-Second Amendment constitutional amendment in Louisiana.  Louisiana now has the strongest state constitutional protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the country.  We will use this as a template to pass similar constitutional amendments wherever we can.  This amendment was approved by a 74% majority.

Voters in Idaho, Kentucky, and Nebraska passed meaningful right to hunt constitutional amendments.

We hired 25 Campaign Field Representatives in 13 battleground states, who in turn marshaled thousands of volunteers, who participated in precinct walks, volunteer phone banks, and marshaled support at gun shows. Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, singled out the NRA's work in a coalition of organizations as having “put together a massive GOTV effort focused on swing voters in key states” which “averaged 1.8 million phone calls per day in recent days.”  In the races in which a CFR was deployed, we were victorious 70% of the time.

U.S. Senate
Nine of NRA-PVF's 20 endorsed U.S. Senate candidates won their races (Arizona, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming).  In addition, we saw pro-gun upgrades in Indiana, North Dakota and New Mexico. The only pro-gun downgrade was in Virginia.

U.S. House
Of the 270 candidates endorsed by the NRA-PVF for the U.S. House, 225 were victorious, for a winning percentage of 83%.

As of this writing, eight House races remain too close to call.

Gubernatorial & State Legislatures
Of the nine gubernatorial candidates endorsed by the NRA-PVF, five were victorious (North Dakota, Indiana, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia).

Gains were also made in many state legislative races, although we also suffered some disappointing losses as well, notably in Colorado and New York.

While disappointing, it is important to remember that President Obama did not win reelection because he is anti-gun and Governor Romney did not lose because he ran as pro-gun.

Make no mistake, with Obama's reelection, we face a perilous four years when it comes to the future of our Second Amendment rights.  There will be battles ahead, and NRA members and their fellow gun owners must remain vigilant.  We must let our representatives, both Democrat and Republican, know one thing:  We expect our Second Amendment rights to be respected.  Like you, NRA will remain totally focused on fighting the good fight to ensure our Second Amendment rights remain intact.

We want to thank all of the gun owners who volunteered for pro-gun candidates, sacrificed their time, and contributed their hard-earned money in support of the Second Amendment.

Your efforts and sacrifices are truly irreplaceable, and we are profoundly grateful that you were “All In” on November 6th 2012.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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    1. Hello,
      I am an NRA member, I have written many times to the NRA – IRA and ask them where are they, I am moving from nationalist New York as fast as I possibly can, but I am on disability so hard, I keep asking him to throw up some blockage stop these people were getting slaughtered in New York, all of big business is her leaving, people are leaving right and left. I hope Cuomo’s got plenty money in his account for the taxes because it’s going to be nobody left here, but the liberals and the criminals, I said, the United States will turn into certain states that are armed and other states that are not like New York, let’s see how the criminal reacts to this, if Liberals think I’m coming back to New York to help them when the criminals take over ,think again. The oonly problem is my parents live here still,I tried to get them to move out but they think this nazi crap is all fake,only so much I can do,Another thing coming, Cuomo will just jump on a plane and take off, illegals will run home, their not going to defend this country, which in turn will show their true colors on why they are here, how can you a whole whole family here and suck money out of people that are working to try to support their family and not give a crap at all by it, just take and take and who cares, the money never comes from any of the government employees pockets doesn’t it, things better start to happen in this country. Or we will have no country left, I do have faith in the American people and I know we will win, he thinks the DH SS is currently his Almighty Army. I hate to tell him he’s going to be very surprised when he finds out who an American really is, of course, the Sissy would get on the plane and take off too, progressives never fight their own battles. They start them and have other people do it, I want to see Obama out in front of his army. Let’s see how much balls this guys got, none like the rest of them, I can’t wait to get out of this state, but we need to slow these illegal idiots down, remember, United States. As one We are the largest army in the world, they know that, that’s why they will take us one of the time. I wish the NRA would start throwing up some lawsuits or something seems there is nothing being done in this state that I know of, were like sitting ducks here, this thing about the mentally ill is BS. This just the way that they work, they only work two ways, they work with words, not facts, they don’t obey the law, I’ve been saying this for years, I have been saying the American citizen is the ones going to have to enforce the laws of this country, and whether they believe or not, law enforcement will have to be backed up by the American citizen, i.e. them hoarding ammunition is for what? Drones are for what? Armored vehicles are for what?I can go on and on, My whole family law enforcement and the DH-SS is not giving any ammo to the local police and the sheriff’s departments, does anybody understand the word getting hit, I’ve been saying this for so many years . People tell me I’m crazy, now what you think. The only ones I hear fighting for us is the sheriff’s Dept for the Second Amendment, I have written them and thanked them, I haven’t heard anything from the police,State Police and so on though, all I can say is you people better choose what side you’re on soon, I have been writing e-mails for so many years, but the American people have to do is get ready ,to be organized and keep communications open between ourselves. They will try these two tactics First, that’s how you destroy a military ,you destroy their communications and organization, don’t fall for the false flag stuff,
      as for you NRA. I hope you start throwing some lawsuits. This Way, I am trying sso hard get out of this state,I gave away all my furniture to move, I feel like a refugee, which I am, I said, the people that jump the border are felons, not undocumented, the people in the government. Belong in prison, but yet nothing happens to them, but I did say with all the bills they have passed, I could see what was coming, I said, when you wake up in the morning and you open your eyes as an American citizen, you will have already broken the law, that’s what they’re doing to us. Their going to make it so everyone is a criminal, and they seem to think they have the right to do this, I don’t know how many people are out there to fight, but I guess we will find out,
      NRA, please start something in New York, please

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