Study Shows NRA’s Handpicked Senate Candidates Fared Poorly

A website launched by a top Democratic donor aimed at blunting the National Rifle Association is beginning to take shape, with one feature launched Monday highlighting the pro-gun lobby’s diminished influence in last year’s elections.

StopTheNRA.com, launched last month by venture capitalist Kenneth Lerer, has commissioned a report from political analysts Doug Schoen and James Farwell. Their findings will be released throughout the course of the summer, concluding with the full publication in September.

The first release details the dismal showing of 2012 U.S. Senate candidates with strong grades from the NRA. In the 26 Senate races wherein the NRA rated the candidates, the research showed, the 20 candidates with lower ratings than their opponents won.