Veteran Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) demonstrated the power of seniority Tuesday, mobilizing a massive get-out-the-vote effort to easily defeat fellow Democratic Rep. Lynn N. Rivers in one of the most fiercely contested primaries of the year. The NRA weighed in heavily on Dingell`s side. The organization sent mailings to "tens of thousands" of members, according to the NRA`s chief lobbyist, Chris Cox. Some of the mailings went to Republicans, who are eligible to vote in the state`s open primary system. "Our focus was on getting everyone to vote for John Dingell, and that included convincing Republicans of the importance of this race," Cox said.
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