Early balloting reportedly has begun in earnest in advance of the closely watched recall votes Tuesday in the districts of two Colorado state senators who supported gun-control legislation.
Early voting is under way in two Colorado districts whose state senators face a recall vote – a first in the state’s history.
The elections, which officially take place Tuesday, have drawn national attention and large outside financial contributions, with many pundits seeing them as precedent-setting elections in a bellwether state, with implications well beyond these districts, especially in the national gun-control debate.
The two state senators facing recalls – John Morse and Angela Giron, representing Colorado Springs and Pueblo – are both Democrats who supported gun-control legislation this past winter, including a bill that limits the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, and another that expands background checks to private gun sales.
The bills – in a Western state with a long history of gun ownership, but also direct experience with shooting tragedies – were a notable victory for gun-control advocates, and caused an intense backlash from some gun enthusiasts.
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