Brady Campaign Tilts Results to Claim False Candidate Success Rates
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Howard Nemerov, writing in the Austin Gun Rights Examiner, has an excellent critique of how the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence fudged its numbers to claim too-high win rates of the anti-gun group's endorsed candidates:
He writes, "In their recent publication, "Guns & the 2008 Elections: Common Sense Gun Laws Won, the NRA Lost, & What It Means," the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence declared that the 2008 federal elections were a victory for gun control:
"The 2008 elections demonstrated not for the first time that voters support candidates who favor strong gun laws and reject the gun lobbys extremist agenda.
What is undeniable is that the NRA [National Rifle Association] could not sway the presidential election or the nomination battles, or races in the Senate, House
To determine the veracity of Bradys claims, election results from the House of Representatives will be examined here because the larger number of election contests (435) gives a more accurate picture of the electorates view of the 2008 election cycle.
"Brady was proud of the fact that over 90% of their endorsed House candidates won. Indeed, Brady-endorsed candidates had a 91.3% winning percentage, besting the 86.6% for NRA-endorsed candidates. On the face of it, Brady appears to have won handily, but how the results were produced provides an interesting story."
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