WASHINGTON (April 19, 2013)--The four U.S. Senate Democrats who voted against broader background checks are from largely rural states that voted heavily against President Barack Obama last fall and three of them face tough re-election battles next year.
On the other hand, the four Senate Republicans who voted for the measure are from states Mr. Obama carried easily.
Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Mark Pryor of Arkansas angered the president with their votes against the measure.
Campaign strategists say they must appeal to conservative and centrist voters in their states to stay in office because rural voters support gun rights more so than urban voters.