John Salazar Endorsed By NRA

09/15/2010 07:50 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado congressman John Salazar received some much-needed good news on Tuesday when the National Rifle Association endorsed the Democrat's reelection bid.

"During your Tenure in Congress, your voting record shows a proven commitment to our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage," the NRA wrote in a letter addressed to Salazar.

The organization gave Salazar, who has voted in favor of allowing concealed-carry license holders to carry firearms for self-defense in national parks, among other pro-gun measures, an "A" rating.

The third congressional district, which Salazar represents, consists largely of rural areas.

Salazar, who was first elected in 2004, is facing an unexpectedly competitive reelection challenge from Republican Scott Tipton, whom Salazar resoundingly defeated in 2006.

Last week, the Cook Political Report updated the status of the race from "leans Democratic" to "toss-up."

The NRA endorsed Salazar over Tipton in 2006 as well.