- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The National Rifle Association doesn’t plan to endorse in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race.

The NRA’s political arm in recent filings disclosed ad buys in several prominent Senate races.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the organization doesn’t disclose where it plans to run ads until it must. But he said NRA won’t be making an endorsement in Alaska’s race.

He said NRA gave Democratic Sen. Mark Begich an A-minus rating and Begich’s Republican challenger Dan Sullivan an A-q. The “q” means it’s qualified, a distinction for candidates without voting records.

Arulanandam said Begich would have gotten a higher grade and NRA’s endorsement if not for his votes for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. On gun votes, he said Begich has stood with NRA members “100 percent of the time.”

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