NRA Endorses Chris Koster for Attorney General
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NRA Endorses Chris Koster for Attorney General

Date: October 4, 2012
By: Nick Thompson
State Capitol Bureau

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The National Rifle Association has endorsed Republicans for all statewide offices this year, with one exception.
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Wrap: The NRA endorsed Chris Koster for Attorney General, making him the only Democrat running for statewide office to receive a nod.

Koster received an A rating - a rating that goes to candidates who have a strong record of supporting gun rights.

Richard Heller chairs Sportsmen for Ed Martin, an organization supporting Koster's Republican opponent. He says Kosters' past record in the state senate got him the endorsement.

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Description: "I think the reason that the competition has the NRA's endorsement is that he's a known quantity. He's been in office as a Republican before - before he went to Obamaland."

Koster was a Republican before switching parties in 2007.

From the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.  

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Democrat Chris Koster has received the support of a traditional Republican ally in his re-election bid for the Attorney Generals' office.
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Wrap: Attorney General Chris Koster received an endorsement from the National Rifle Association this week. He's the only Democrat running for statewide office to receive one from the NRA this year.

Koster received an A rating - a rating given to candidates who have a strong gun record.

Koster campaign spokeswoman Rachel Levine says he has always displayed a commitment to second amendment rights.

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Description: "I think that the reason why the NRA chose to give us the endorsement is because we have a record of being good on the second amendment, we've taken votes, we've stood with them - from his time as Cass County Prosecutor through his time as Attorney General."

His challenger, Republican Ed Martin, received an AQ rating. That's given to candidates who give favorable responses on a candidate survey, but have not displayed a record on the second amendment.

From the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

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Democrat Chris Koster got the endorsement this week from an organization that usually supports his former party.
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Wrap: Attorney General Chris Koster received an endorsement this week from the National Rifle Association. Koster was a Republican until 2007, when he switched parties.

Now he is the only Democrat running for statewide office to receive an endorsement from the NRA. Koster received the organizations' A rating, which is given to candidates with a strong record of supporting second amendment rights.

Campaign spokeswoman Rachel Levine says Kosters' record will resonate with voters.

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Description: "I think it's a matter of they like to see somebody who walks the walk and doesn't just talk the talk."

Republican Ed Martin, Koster's opponent, received an AQ rating. AQ ratings go to candidates who support gun rights, but have not demonstrated a record.

From the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

 


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