04/04/2014 10:46 am ET Updated Apr 04, 2014

GOP Senate Candidate Makes An NRA 'Flub,' Gives Himself A Premature 'A'


A GOP Senate candidate has admitted to making an errant claim about his gun rights record.

New Mexico Watchdog reports that in a Wednesday interview with KKOB-FM radio, Republican David Clements said the NRA told him he was receiving an "A" rating.

NRA spokesperson Catherine Mortensen said otherwise, telling New Mexico Watchdog that no such decision had been made yet.

“The NRA has not made any endorsements in this primary race, nor have we given out grades to the candidates,” Mortensen said.

Clements later acknowledged the miscue to New Mexico Watchdog, chalking off the comment as a "flub" on Thursday.

“I thought it was vetted," Clements said, adding that his staffers "might have jumped the gun."

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Clements announced in October that he was running against incumbent Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.). The state's primary will be held on June 3, with Clements facing off against GOP rival Allen Weh.

Clements previously served as assistant district attorney for Las Cruces, N.M. and chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party.

Read the full report at New Mexico Watchdog here.



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