Duncan D. Hunter is getting a boost from a national pro-life group in his bid to succeed his father, retiring Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).

The National Right to Life PAC endorsed the younger Hunter on Thursday.

"The countless Americans who respect the sanctity of innocent human life appreciate your willingness to serve," said the PAC's executive director, David O'Steen, in a statement.

Hunter's father, a staunch conservative, has represented the San Diego-area district for 27 years. Hunter, a 31-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, will face three other Republicans in a June 3 primary. He has raised about