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Gecker, Sturtevant Blaze Away with Gun-Control Ads

10th District senate race is most expensive local contest ever.



The gunfight over ads in the 10th Senate District race keeps blazing.

Democrat Dan Gecker got a huge boost this week from a gun-control advocacy group backed by Michael Bloomberg, a progress-leaning media mogul and former Mayor of New York. The $700,000 ad buy targets his Republican challenger, Glen Sturtevant.

Not to be outgunned, Sturtevant decried the out-of-state donations, called Gecker’s campaign “desperate” and is fighting back with some hard-hitting ads of his own.

Sturtevant says he has a zero-tolerance policy about the misuse of guns. But he has an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

The 10th District race, which includes independent Marlene Durfee and Libertarian Carl Loser, has set a record for local campaign spending. As of Sept. 30, nearly $2 million had been spent on the race, according to Virginia Public Access Project records.