Senate Democrats and the Gun Debate

Although legislation proposing new restrictions on firearms would be a tough sell in the Republican-led House, the Democratic-controlled Senate could be almost as difficult a venue. Senate Republicans generally support gun rights. And although there will be 55 members of the Senate Democratic caucus when the new Congress convenes Jan. 3, many Democrats — and both independents who caucus with the majority — will be under pressure from gun-rights advocates in their states to oppose new controls. Listed below are the dozen Senate Democrats who will be representing states carried by 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and another 10 who come from the closely contested "battleground" states. Eleven of these 22 Democrats (highlighted in blue) will be up for re-election in 2014.

Senator State Most recent NRA grade Next up for re-election State's Obama/Romney Result
Baldwin, Tammy Wisconsin F 2018 Competitive, won by Obama
Baucus, Max Montana A+ 2014 Won by Romney
Begich, Mark Alaska AQ* 2014 Won by Romney
Bennet, Michael Colorado C+ 2016 Competitive, won by Obama
Brown, Sherrod Ohio F 2018 Competitive, won by Obama
Donnelly, Joe Indiana A 2018 Won by Romney
Hagan, Kay North Carolina F 2014 Won by Romney
Harkin, Tom Iowa F 2014 Competitive, won by Obama
Heitkamp, Heidi North Dakota AQ* 2018 Won by Romney
Johnson, Tim South Dakota A 2014 Won by Romney
Kaine, Tim Virginia F 2018 Competitive, won by Obama
Landrieu, Mary Louisiana C 2014 Won by Romney
Manchin III, Joe West Virginia A 2018 Won by Romney
McCaskill, Claire Missouri F 2018 Won by Romney
Nelson, Bill Florida F 2018 Competitive, won by Obama
Pryor, Mark Arkansas C- 2014 Won by Romney
Reid, Harry Nevada B 2016 Competitive, won by Obama
Rockefeller, Jay West Virginia D 2014 Won by Romney
Shaheen, Jeanne New Hampshire F 2014 Competitive, won by Obama
Tester, Jon Montana A- 2018 Won by Romney
Udall, Mark Colorado C- 2014 Competitive, won by Obama
Warner, Mark Virginia A 2014 Competitive, won by Obama

*Received a qualified "A" rating based on response to an NRA survey while a candidate for the Senate. Not based on any legislative record.

SOURCE: NRA ratings compiled by Project VoteSmart and supplemented by news reports. They are the most recent available ratings.