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Canvassing for votes in Virginia Beach, Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal meets voter Mildred Manger. "It's just stupid that everybody has to have a gun," Manger says. "I mean, give me a break!" Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Gun Control Is Front And Center In Virginia Races

A mass shooting there this spring that left 12 dead has put the issue into sharp focus. Democrats — bolstered by large cash infusions from gun control groups — hope to turn the state legislature blue.

Canvassing for votes in Virginia Beach, Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal meets voter Mildred Manger. "It's just stupid that everybody has to have a gun," Manger says. "I mean, give me a break!" Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Gun Control Is Front And Center In Virginia Races

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Is Out

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