The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R.-Sunnyside, for reelection.
The NRA cited the freshman Republican’s track record on voting for gun rights.
“We appreciate your recent opposition to President Obama’s anti-gun Executive Actions and for signing a letter to the Obama Administration opposing its flagrant attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15,” Chris Cox, NRA chairman, wrote in an endorsement letter.
Newhouse is in a five-way race to retain his seat representing Washington’s 4th Congressional District. The race includes two other Republicans and two Democrats.
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The field includes Newhouse’s 2014 opponent, Clint Didier, an Eltopia farmer and former NFL player. Newhouse defeated Didier with less than 2 percent of the 2014 vote — the narrowest margin in any Congressional race in Washington state.
Doug McKinley, a Richland attorney, and John Malan, a Pasco resident, are running as Democrats. Glenn Jakeman of Yakima is the third Republican in the field.
The primary to narrow the candidates to the top 2 is Aug. 2.