- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 3, 2010

ARIZONA

NRA endorses McCain in primary

PHOENIX | The National Rifle Association has endorsed John McCain in Arizona’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

The organization announced its endorsement in a letter to Mr. McCain dated Thursday.

The endorsement is a significant boost for Mr. McCain. It provides high-profile support for his conservative credentials as he tries to shake a primary challenge by former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Mr. Hayworth has attacked Mr. McCain’s record on gun rights, saying the four-term senator has supported restrictive legislation.

Mr. Hayworth touts an endorsement from Gun Owners of America, a smaller gun rights lobbying group.

NEVADA

Governor trails in campaign funds

CARSON CITY | Campaign finance reports show Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is working with a slim campaign budget in his uphill re-election effort.

Mr. Gibbons reported $179,000 in contributions and $184,000 in paid expenses since January, according to the report filed late Wednesday with the secretary of state’s office.

His contributions fall far short of the total reported by Republican front-runner Brian Sandoval, whose campaign says it raised nearly $1 million in the same period.

Mr. Sandoval is a former federal judge who resigned his lifetime appointment to run for Nevada’s highest office.

Democratic front-runner Rory Reid raised almost $1 million during the latest reporting period.

The primary is set for Tuesday.

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