DENVER, Co. – Two Democratic state lawmakers who faced a backlash for supporting tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been recalled from office in an election sough by both grassroots activists and the National Rifle Association. Senate President John Morse lost by just 343 votes Tuesday in a swing district in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs. Sen. Angela Giron lost by a larger margin in a largely blue-collar district that favors Democrats.

The NRA said the election sent a clear message to lawmakers that they should protect gun rights and be accountable to their constituents, not to “anti-gun billionaires” – a swipe against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who supported Giron and Morse.

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