Feb 23, 2018

Steyer, gun control groups want to register high schoolers to vote before midterms

Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist Tom Steyer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer is reportedly joining two prominent gun safety groups in a campaign to register high school students to vote ahead of the midterm elections, in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida.

The details: Steyer told Politico in an interview on Thursday that his NextGen America group is working with gun safety groups started by former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The campaign, per Politico, will launch on March 25 with a national voter registration drive targeting key states and districts represented by incumbent Republicans who voted against gun control measures and get campaign funds from the National Rifle Association.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump group plans post-Super Tuesday blitz on Democrats

Democratic presidential hopefuls take the debate stage in South Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is preparing to unleash a series of targeted, swing-state attacks on the Democrats most likely to face President Trump after Super Tuesday, people familiar with the group's plans tell me in an exclusive preview of its strategy.

The state of play: The group has been tracking favorable/unfavorable ratings in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg — under the theory that if Trump wins each of these six states he would win re-election.