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.
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.