Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) has landed a key endorsement in his primary, announcing the support of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“I'm very grateful to have the support of the National Rifle Association,” Bennett said in an e-mail. “They are an important voice in our national debate, and they reflect the principles and positions of millions of Americans throughout Utah and the nation.”

Bennett faces attorney Mike Lee, former congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater and activist Cherilyn Eagar at the state party convention in May. After a multi-ballot process, if no candidate gets 60 percent of the vote, the top two go to a June primary.