Sunday, November 20, 2011

NRA could hold key in Montana Senate race

Posted By on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 8:40 PM

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Peter Sullivan at The Hill wrote an interesting story about the Senate race between Denny Rehberg and Jon Tester, and how the National Rifle Association could be the deciding factor. As of now, Sullivan writes, the NRA has yet to endorsed either candidate. Tester, the incumbent and a Democrat, earns an "A" grade from the gun group; Rehberg, a Republican, gets an "A+".

Last month, the NRA touted bills authored by Rehberg and Tester. It praised Rehberg’s leadership for sponsoring a bill requiring a court, rather than just the Department of Veterans Affairs, to declare a veteran mentally unfit to purchase a gun.

Ten days later, the NRA lauded Tester for his sponsorship of a bill to set aside money to make federal lands more accessible for hunting and other recreation.

Traditionally, Republicans do better than Dems with the NRA. But Tester's been strong on Second Amendment rights and Rehberg's run into trouble with local hunters for his his support of HR 105.

For now, the NRA isn't talking. They declined comment for Sullivan's story.

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