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NRA backs Daniel Webster in CD 11 race

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The National Rifle Association is supporting Daniel Webster in the race for Florida’s 11th Congressional District seat.

“On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is proud to endorse Daniel Webster in the August 30, 2016 primary in the 11thCongressional District. We thank him for his steadfast support of the Second Amendment and his dedication to defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen,” said NRA-PVF Chairman Chris Cox in a statement.

The Webster campaign proudly mentioned in their release how former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun super PAC spent more than a million dollars in an unsuccessful attempt to try to topple him when he ran against Val Demings in 2012 in his race for the CD 10 seat that he’s held for the past six years.

After redistricting of his congressional seat last year made it a much harder challenge to retain the seat, Webster announced he would not run for reelection there, but instead move over to the CD 11, which became open after incumbent Rich Nugent announced he would not run for reelection.

“I am firmly committed to protecting our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms and am pleased to receive the endorsement of the NRA,” said Webster.

Webster is running against Justin Grabelle in the GOP primary on Aug. 30.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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