NRA election spending drops; gun control election spending surges

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Rifle Association - long seen as a kingmaker in Republican politics - is taking a lower profile in this year's high-stakes midterm campaign.

The organization has put $11 million into races this year - less than half what it spent four years ago in a campaign that gave Republicans full control of Congress. This year's totals are also far below the $54 million the NRA spent in 2016 on both the presidential and congressional races.

At the same time, spending to support stricter gun control has surged.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pledged $30 million for this year's election. A political action committee formed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords is spending nearly $5 million.

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