UPDATE: NRA endorses Childers' re-election

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – U.S. Rep. Travis Childers’ re-election campaign got a big boost today with a coveted endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

NRA support is viewed as key for any conservative candidate, which Childers has labeled himself ever since he announced for office in early 2008.

Today’s endorsement came at a campaign news event at Tupelo City Hall.

Childers, a Booneville Democrat, is running for his first re-election to a full two-year term. He faces state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, the Republican nominee, on the Nov. 2 general election ballot along with seven other independent and non-mainstream party nominees.

Childers, a businessman and former Prentiss County chancery clerk, won the First District Congressional seat in a special election in the spring of 2008, after Roger Wicker was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He then won a full term in November 2008.

Last week, Nunnelee distributed a news release admitting he expected the NRA endorsement for Childers, saying the pro-gun organization has a policy of supporting incumbents who have been “friendly” to the NRA.

For more, read Tuesday’s Daily Journal and NEMS360.com.