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    Here's an article from the NY Times about the tone of advertising in the 1994 election.

    The assault weapons ban certainly didn't seem to be a major factor -- it was only mentioned in the context of Michael Huffington's attempt to unseat Sen Feinstein -- and it was mentioned as a positive; an accomplishment.

    Rather, polling indicated that health care was of primary importance.:

    Health care was rarely mentioned, although preliminary results of a post-election poll for the Kaiser Family Foundation show that voters ranked it the most important issue in their Congressional vote. (This buttresses the theory that the 18-month struggle over the Clinton health plan was critical in feeding voters' anxiety over big government and thus entered into the election in a powerful, albeit subterranean, way.)
    Could it be the assertion that the AWB "gave" the Congress to the Republicans is just a myth?

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