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04/12/2014 01:21 pm ET Updated Apr 12, 2014

The NRA Puts Its Support Behind Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received a big boost to his reelection efforts on Saturday, netting an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

McConnell, who earned an A+ rating from the organization, was praised by NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman Chris W. Cox for his "steadfast support of our Right To Keep and Bear Arms."

"Mitch McConnell is a true champion of our Second Amendment rights, leading the fight against President Obama, Harry Reid and Michael Bloomberg's anti-freedom agenda," Cox said in a statement released by McConnell's campaign.

The endorsement arrives a little more than a month after McConnell captured attention at CPAC for presenting a gun on stage to retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on stage. Upon receiving the endorsement, McConnell said in a statement that he was "grateful" for the honor from the "foremost champion of the Second Amendment."

"I am grateful to have the NRA’s endorsement and I am honored to continue fighting on behalf of Kentucky’s gun owners to ensure that the liberals in Washington can never trample on our constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms," McConnell added.

HuffPost Pollster's latest compilation of 19 publicly available polls shows McConnell running neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Before getting to Grimes, McConnell must defeat tea party challenger Matt Bevin in the GOP primary. A compilation of nine publicly available polls from last month showed McConnell holding a sizable lead.

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