LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and
Republican challenger David Williams have received "A" ratings
from the National Rifle Association heading into the Nov. 8 general
Heidi Keesling, the NRA's Kentucky liaison, said the group won't
be making an endorsement in the governor's race.
Beshear, who is seeking re-election to a second term, faces two
pro-gun challengers, Republican David Williams and independent
Gatewood Galbraith. The group didn't rate Galbraith.
Keesling said NRA members will interpret the "A" ratings of
Beshear and Williams to mean that both candidates are pro-gun and
pro-hunting and that they support the right to keep and bear arms.
In the letter, Keesling made clear that the ratings shouldn't be
considered political endorsements. Giving Beshear and Williams the
same rating puts them on equal footing with gun advocates.
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