2014 elections: NRA 1, Michael Bloomberg 0

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In the nation’s most heated gun control election so far this year, the National Rifle Association and pro-Second Amendment groups beat gun control advocates including Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC in the Milwaukee sheriff’s race Tuesday night.

The winner was incumbent Sheriff David A. Clarke, whose outspoken advocacy of gun ownership prompted gun control proponents to paint a bull’s eye on his back.

In the election, the African-American sheriff won with 52 percent of the vote, knocking off challenger Chris Moews, a Milwaukee police lieutenant, who was backed with $150,000 from Bloomberg.

Clarke made the race a fight over guns when he ran a radio ad calling on citizens to get a gun because "911 is not our best option."

The NRA’s top lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, was among the first to congratulate Clarke. The NRA spent $30,000 in digital advertising for Clarke.

Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement provided to Secrets:

On behalf of the NRA's five million members, we would like to congratulate Sheriff David A. Clarke on his hard fought victory in yesterday's primary election for Milwaukee County Sheriff. Sheriff Clarke's outspoken commitment to the Second Amendment earned him the admiration of NRA members and gun owners nationwide. His dedication to freedom and the Constitution also earned him the wrath of gun control elitist Michael Bloomberg and his allies, who spent over half a million dollars (more money than both candidates in this race combined) trying to defeat Sheriff Clarke. But in the end, Bloomberg's money could not buy the hearts and minds of the voters.

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