- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The National Rifle Association is putting almost $218,000 toward ads opposing Democrat Natalie Tennant’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Federal election records show the NRA’s Political Victory Fund bought radio and Internet ad space last week.

Earlier this month, the NRA endorsed Republican Shelley Moore Capito against Tennant.

The NRA also bought almost $44,000 in pro-Capito mailings.

Both candidates tout records as gun rights supporters.

Other outside groups have gotten involved. This month, Defending Main Street Super PAC paid $50,000 for radio ads supporting Capito. Former Ohio GOP Congressman Steve LaTourette runs the group.

Senate Majority PAC spent $227,000 on TV ads bashing Capito in July.

Last December, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce paid $200,000 for online and TV ads supporting Capito.

Other groups have also spent in the race.

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