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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The National Rifle Association is endorsing Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

The NRA-Political Victory Fund announced the endorsement, citing Sessions' known track record in the Senate. Sessions faces former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in the March 31 Republican primary runoff. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in November.

"Jeff Sessions has long been a stalwart defender of Second Amendment freedoms for law-abiding Alabamians," said Lars Dalseide, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association.

Sessions has been forced into a tight primary race as he seeks to recapture the Senate seat he held for 20 years. Tuberville led in the primary, taking 33% of the vote to Sessions' 31%.

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