The NRA will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for reelection and the Republicans are touting that fact.
The powerful gun lobby group issued a statement through its PAC Friday, announcing it would not be endorsing Reid this cycle, citing his votes for Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted out the NRA press release to highlight the decision.
Reid's campaign put out a statement touting his good relationship with the organization.
"The NRA's relationship with Sen. Reid has been long-standing
and productive and -- unlike for [Republican nominee] Sharron Angle – they've put their money where
their mouth is this cycle. Along with their financial support, the declaration
of NRA head Wayne LaPierre that Sen. Reid is 'a true champion of the Second
Amendment' and that 'no one has been a stronger advocate for responsible gun
ownership than him' shows beyond a doubt that the NRA believes Sen. Reid to be a
strong advocate for Nevadans’ Second Amendment rights in the US Senate," the statement read.
The NRA caused a buzz throughout the conservative blogosphere earlier this summer when officials hinted they might endorse Reid, particularly since the talk came after the group received a carve-out in the Democrats' campaign-finance reform legislation.
Reid is considered a pro-gun Democrat. Several observers pointed out Reid is stronger on gun-rights issues than Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) or Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — either of whom could be the Democratic leader if Reid lost reelection.
In response, gun-rights advocates have pointed out Reid voted for several Obama nominees who favor gun control.
-- This post was updated at 5:00 p.m.