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NRA to endorse McDonnell in race for Governor

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The National Rifle Association is set to announce that Bob McDonnell will be their chosen candidate for Governor of Virginia this fall. The NRA chose McDonnell’s opponent Creigh Deeds when the two met four years ago in the race for Attorney General.

The decision is not too big of a surprise, considering how Deeds was hit hard by his more liberal opponents during the primary campaign about his support for gun rights. Deeds repeatedly had to explain how his position on the controversial topic has evolved. He was force to beat back an 11th hour “non-endorsement” from relatives of some Virginia Tech victims at the same time that both Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran described his position on guns as “extreme”.

It is clear that, when it comes to guns, Deeds is not the same candidate he was four years ago.

Here is the dispatch from the AP’s Bob Lewis who broke the story.
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AP-VA–Virginia Governor-NRA,
Gun rights group to back McDonnell

By BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican and Democratic operatives say the National Rifle Association will endorse Republican Bob McDonnell for governor.

The gun rights group plans to announce its endorsement in a Monday afternoon conference call for reporters.

People with knowledge of the NRA’s decision confirmed the endorsement on the condition they not be identified because the announcement was pending.

Both McDonnell and his opponent, Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, have supported gun rights. Four years ago, the NRA endorsed Deeds over McDonnell in their race for attorney general.

Written by Ryan Nobles

September 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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