Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside picked up a sought-after endorsement from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.
In a letter sent Tuesday, NRA Chairman Chris Cox cited Newhouse's "A" rating as a state legislator in making the endorsement. He said the rating is reserved for "solidly pro-gun" legislators who support the NRA's position on key votes.
Newhouse's opponent, Eltopia farmer and former NFL tight end Clint Didier, drew national attention earlier this year for holding giveaways for two pistols and a military-style rifle. Didier told the Herald in June that he met with NRA officials on a trip to Washington, D.C.
Cox lauded Newhouse's opposition to universal background checks and support of concealed carry laws.
"The Second Amendment and our right of self-defense are very important to Washingtonians, and your position on these issues demonstrates a stalwart commitment to the rights of law abiding gun owners and hunters," Cox wrote.
Newhouse said that he was very pleased to get the endorsement, which came soon after getting the support of retiring Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, and the state's Farm Bureau.
"The NRA is the preeminent leader to protect Second Amendment rights," he said in a news release. "Their support demonstrates their belief that I am best qualified to represent Central Washington and protect the right to keep and bear arms."
Didier, who got the most votes in the 12-person primary to trim the field for the Nov. 4 election, has also been endorsed by the National Association for Gun Rights and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.