Deep blue Democratic Virginia spurns Bloomberg

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RICHMOND, Virginia — The $10 million Michael Bloomberg spent to boost Virginia Democratic candidates is showing some limits.

Gun control, a signature issue for the 2020 Democrat and former New York City mayor, is not turning out as planned in the commonwealth. Bloomberg, an uber-billionaire, has supported Virginia Democrats and their gun control efforts. But since winning full control of state government in 2019, some firearms measures have failed to pass the legislature.

On Monday, Virginia’s effort to ban the sale of assault weapons was rejected by state lawmakers, including four Democrats who joined Republicans in voting down the measure.