NRA Primary Endorsements and Grades
A complete list of grades and endorsements from the NRA has now been posted online, and available for your viewing here.
Here is some information on the statewide candidates:
– In the governor’s race, they endorsed Phil Bryant. Two of his GOP challengers- Dave Dennis and Hudson Holliday- received A’s based off of their questionnaire responses. On the Democratic side, Johnny DuPree was the only candidate to be graded and he received a D. (As we mentioned awhile back he is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group the NRA doesn’t think much of).
– Tate Reeves and Billy Hewes both received A’s; no endorsement given.
Grades, but no endorsements, were issued in other statewide races:
– Delbert Hosemann, the incumbent, and Ricky Dombrowski both received A’s.
– Lee Yancey, Lynn Fitch and Lucien Smith all received A’s.
– In the Ag Commissioner race, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Max Phillips and Dannie Reed all received A’s.
– In PSC races on the Republican side, Boyce Adams received an A while Marvin Cox was not graded (Northern District), and Leonard Bentz, the incumbent, and Travis Rose both received A’s (Southern District).
– In the Transportation races, Mike Targert received an A (Northern), Dick Hall, the incumbent, was not graded while his challenger Tim Johnson received an A (Central), and Scottie Cuevas and Tom King both received A’s (Southern).
A couple notes from the legislative primaries:
– The NRA endorsed Terry Burton in his re-election battle in SD 31 against Tad Campbell. Burton has an A+ rating; Campbell an A.
– On the Republican side in the Senate, other incumbents facing primaries won endorsements including: Doug Davis, Perry Lee, Sidney Albritton, Ezell Lee, and Tommy Moffatt.
– On the House side, Mark DuVall won the group’s formal endorsement. He and Jamie Franks both have A ratings from the NRA.
– All Republican incumbents facing primaries in the House won the group’s endorsement. The only “candidate” to win an endorsement was Nolan Mettetal, who is a Senator now running in the House.
Note: Candidates with voting records receive grades based off that record, plus the questionnaire. Candidates without a specific voting record receive grades based off the questionnaire solely. You will notice on the NRA’s website, they receive grades such as AQ (meaning based on the questionnaire). For the purpose of this post, we just noted the grades without the Q. Also, ratings may be added/ adjusted as information becomes available to the NRA.
Made update to grades in treasurer’s race after receiving additional information.