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Gun control advocate advances to Congressional primary run-off

McBath, center, lost her son in 2012 in a high-profile Florida murder and has been working with Everytown and Moms Demand Action for the past several years. (Photo: Moms Demand Action via Facebook)

A woman with a half-decade in senior positions with Everytown won enough votes this week in the Democratic primary that she is headed for a runoff in July.

Lucy McBath, whose son was a victim in a high-profile murder in 2012, has spent the past five years as Faith and Outreach Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and as a leader of Everytown’s Survivor Network. She picked up enough votes — 36 percent — in the for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday to face off with second place candidate, Kevin Abel, to see who will run against Republican incumbent Karen Handel this Fall.

“Lucy McBath is the leader Georgia needs–a proven leader who will never stop fighting to enact strong gun laws and keep her community safe,” Everytown President John Feinblatt in a statement. “Lucy has Everytown’s full support heading into the runoff election.”

Full support, for the Bloomberg-allied gun control supergroup, includes lots of cash. Everytown says they have spent at least $275,000 on digital and mail advertisements to support McBath, and another $555,000 on television advertising. According to figures provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, that would account for of the outside spending on McBath.

Unsurprisingly, a large portion of McBath’s platform is centered on gun politics. “As a Member of Congress, I will push for implementing background checks for all firearm purchases; raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 years of age; working to defeat conceal carry reciprocity measures; and introducing legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other criminals,” McBath said on her .

In the past several years, McBath has been in opposition to stand your ground laws and in of various gun control initiatives the country.

Should McBath best Abel, a native of South Africa who also has on gun control to include bans on “assault weapons,” she would face Handel in November. The GOP incumbent was backed by the NRA and won a high-stakes special election last November despite being by a margin of over 6 to 1. While attending the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta last year, President Donald Trump blended praise for Handel into his speech to the organization, saying, “She’s totally for the NRA and she’s totally for the Second Amendment.”

In addition to the support from the Bloomberg groups, McBath has also been endorsed by Emily’s List and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.