NRA-Backed Candidate Loses GOP Primary Race for Governor to Trump-Backed Opponent

As we reported last month, the National Rifle Association endorsed Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in the Peach State run for the governor’s office. But that endorsement was apparently outweighed by one from the commander-in-chief for Cagle’s opponent, Brian Kemp. Last night, Kemp defeated Cagle and it wasn’t by a small margin. The Lt. Governor even lost his own home county.

The Kemp victory should be a net gain for gun owners based on Cagle’s record:

  • 2013: SB188 (Campus Carry) was introduced twice within that legislative session but Cagle refused to allow the Georgia Senate to have a floor vote.
  • 2014: Cagle wanted to have ‘training requirements’ inserted into HB65 when the bill being debated and amended in the Conference Committee.
  • 2016: While hosting a forum with Georgia’s religious leaders; Cagle told them that campus carry was not “responsible” and he “does not agree with this and other legislation being pushed upon our state.”
  • 2017: The Georgia Legislature passed campus carry but Cagle said it was a “thoughtful compromise” when he allowed College and Career Academies to remain on the exemption list.
  • 2017: Cagle sent SB177 (Georgia Constitutional Carry) to die in committee and blocked three additional pro-gun amendments to be heard in the senate.
  • 2018: During an interview Cagle stated “Georgia is in a very good position where our gun laws stand today, and I know of no areas where gun rights need to be expanded in the state.”

The NRA-backed a Lt. Governor who waved the NRA flag when Delta decided to cancel its NRA member discount partnership after Parkland. Cagle is the Georgia politician who killed Delta Airlines’ $40 million fuel tax. But that didn’t make him the best choice for Georgia gun owners.

President Trump very publicly backed Brian Kemp.

So why would President Trump back Kemp for the nomination?

It might have something to do with the leaked audio of Cagle criticizing the tone of his party’s values. He said that it had become focused on “who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck, and who could be the craziest.”

Kemp, for all his brash attitude and humor is serious about expanding gun rights.

Kemp supports a tax-free holiday for gun buyers, backs constitutional carry, is against gun violence restraining orders. More importantly, he’s worked closely with and was endorsed by Georgia Carry.

​Georgia Carry proudly endorses Brian Kemp for governor. We believe that Brian, as a lifelong supporter of our Second Amendment rights and a Life Member of GeorgiaCarry.Org will protect and defend the Constitution of the State of Georgia and the United States on all rights, not just a few of them.

He strongly believes in the preservation and restoration of our Second Amendment rights and the protection of our due process rights enumerated in the Constitution. Our due process rights are also under attack along with our right to keep and bear arms. Many states have passed legislation diminishing due process rights and we have had several bills introduced here in GA to do the same. Without due process, we have no rights at all.

Therefore, we are endorsing Brian Kemp to defend and protect those rights as Governor of the Great State of Georgia!

As a Lifetime NRA Member and Florida resident living twenty miles shy of the Georgia border, I’d like to see the NRA get strongly behind Kemp and others like him. I certainly expect they will.


  1. avatar pwrserge says:

    Cue the Trump is “like literally Hitler” crowd…

    1. avatar Tim says:

      Every time left-turds play the Hitler card, a porn star gets her wings.

      MOAR, please.

      1. avatar Terclinger says:

        Every time a porn star “gets her wings”,
        Anderson Cooper is there for the seconds.

        1. avatar Franklin says:

          Anderson Cooper is only there when a porn star get HIS wings

    2. avatar Shooter McGavin says:

      We need a go fund me for the Patriot that “modified ” the orange chimps star in Hollywood yesterday….just sayin…flame me…I dare you …come on all u tin foil hat drink the cool aid Trump lovers .. ..whatcha got?..

      1. avatar Tim says:

        Doesn’t Bobby Deniro already have enough money? Now you want to throw your hard-earned minimum wage check his way? Ok.

      2. avatar pwrserge says:

        Last time I checked, being a vandal does not make you a “patriot” it makes you a criminal. Vandalizing public property in the middle of the night like some sort of feckless coward just makes the person that did it scum.

        1. avatar Shooter McGavin says:

          depends what u vandalize…u do remember the Boston Tea Party from history class don’t you???

        2. avatar Ben Dover says:

          U Could,nt Handel The Answer!

      3. avatar Weapon Of War says:

        Why flame an idiot? It accomplishes nothing.

      4. avatar Terclinger says:

        It would have made for better video if you had been standing behind that vandal, and caught the back swing of that turd’s pickaxe.

        Now that I could fund!

      5. avatar GluteusMaximus says:

        This comment was brilliant. There is nothing i can say. You have totally defeated my political views. Im thinking of becoming transgender because of it.

    3. avatar ozzallos says:

      You realize the “trump=hitler” crowd is about half TTAG’s membership? Including a couple prominent contributers who are looking pretty stupid right about now.

      But whatever. Its all a single party conspiracy blah de blah de blah.

      1. avatar Drake_Burrwood says:

        You mean the duopoly conspiracy.

    4. avatar Jan says:

      Crawl back under your rock and cry yourself to sleep Snowflake…. Everybody get out and vote Republican across the board in November and let’s shut these loonie Libtards up for good.

  2. avatar Alex Waits says:

    I live on the other side of the country. So I dont know the local politics.

    But it seems Cagles track record on 2A should be a disqualifier for an NRA endorsement. It is glaringly obvious, and it says volumes about NRAs politics if they support a dude that consistently declines to restore civil rights.

    Kemp talks the talk, lets see if he can walk the walk.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      + eleventy billion!

    2. avatar Nanashi says:

      This is why I tell people the NRA only cares about money, not gun rights.

      1. The NRA’s endorsement system is heavily weighted towards incumbents – which generally means that they are more likely to back establishment Republicans. Additionally, the NRA gives a great deal more weight to votes and actions than to answers on their questionnaire. However, you can “drill down” and find out where candidates stand on the NRA’s site.

        The NRA is far from perfect – however, we would not have won the many victories we have won in recent years without them.

        1. avatar Terclinger says:

          “The NRA is far from perfect – however, we would not have won the many victories we have won in recent years without them.”

          (& FU to the “u worship some fake man in the sky!” D-bags)

      2. avatar Jan says:

        That’s where you would be DEAD WRONG !!!

  3. avatar FedUp says:

    Like Alex says, Kemp looked like the better 2A choice, Cagle was the establishment choice.
    And the NRA does like incumbents and politicians with a long record of electoral success over politicians with strong 2A support.

    But we’ve got to give Cagle some credit for helping to reward Delta’s virtue signaling.

    1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      He only did that for election politics, and was on the path to giving the money back as soon as he could. He has been quietly sandbagging every 2A action item he could for years. A GOP machine politician from the word go. My take is don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out! By the way, ALL of the other candidates that didn’t make the run off endorsed Kemp!

  4. avatar RA-15 says:

    I like this guy , Brian Kemp. I wish he were becoming N.Y. governor. He seems to have some balls & respect for our constitution , 2nd amendment is a right , not a privilege. Some fools just do not like that fact. Well , I do not like fools. Especially those that would infringe upon our , my rights to own whatever gun I choose to own , however many I choose to own , oh and bumpstock , suppressors , hell full auto if I so desire. I pay my taxes , thus I pay these politicians salaries. Don’t tread on my rights.

    1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

      “I wish he were becoming N.Y. governor.”

      On a tangent, would a SCOTUS biased towards constitutional originalism be inclined to declare bans on NFA devices in states like New York and California to be unconstitutional?

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        “Banning an entire [class] of weapons is tantamount to banning an entire [class] of speech.” ~ Kavenaugh

        It goes further than that… It might strike down the Hughes amendment. Sure, MGs would still be NFA devices, but I could live with that if I could form 1 me a SAW.

        1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

          ” It might strike down the Hughes amendment.”

          I think Thomas and Alito would be onboard with that, but Roberts I’m not inclined to trust, especially after the “Affordable Care” nightmare he unleashed on us…

        2. avatar Manse Jolly says:

          as an aside, some have much money invested in NFA machine guns/subs and don’t want to see their investments go down in value not one bit. Don’t expect any support from them.

          not me, I’m too poor..

        3. avatar pwrserge says:

          You’d be surprised.

          1. A large number of the NFA MGs are valuable because of their historical context. Nobody is going to be turning out new Maxim guns if the amendment gets repealed.
          2. Those that don’t invest in MGs because of their historical value will be more than happy to be able to expand their collections at a reasonable cost. If you’re “investing” in a registered MG, you’re an idiot.

      2. avatar Random NYer says:

        Good God I hope so.

  5. avatar Ed Schrade says:

    Tried to let GCO know that I liked their web site page but could not get in to comment. If anyone here is a member kindly relay my compliments. I am a life member of the Texas State Rifle Association and was checking out their site.

  6. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    I voted for Kemp for precisely the reasons you listed. Cagle has never been a friend of gun owners, obviously NRA frequently doesn’t really know who it’s friends actually are. By the way I am primarily a single issue voter, if they get that part right the rest should fall into place.

    1. avatar Dave in PTC says:

      Can anyone explain why the NRA endorsed Cagle in the Georgia governor‘s race?

      Cagle was actually anti-gun rights and his record speaks clearly of that. Yet the NRA gave him an “A” rating. It makes no sense!

      Thankfully, Georgia voters had an alternative.

      1. avatar Ed says:

        “Can anyone explain why the NRA endorsed Cagle in the Georgia governor‘s race?”

        Thi$ i$ an ever-deepening my$stery to $o many of u$.

    2. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      @ Dave in PTC

      “Can anyone explain why the NRA endorsed Cagle in the Georgia governor‘s race?”

      “Cagle was actually anti-gun rights and his record speaks clearly of that. Yet the NRA gave him an “A” rating. It makes no sense!”

      Quoted for truth !

  7. avatar Dave in PTC says:

    I voted for Kemp.

    If you haven’t seen Kemp’s TV commercials you should view them, maybe on YouTube or the Kemp website. They are a hoot.

    Thank you Georgia Carry for getting the info out to its members to show Cagel’s anti-gun rhino stench, and detailed Brian Kemp’s pro-gun stance. Georgians can now look at the real possibility of constitutional carry.

  8. avatar GaPharmD says:

    I voted for him. Glad to see him take it. Most of my circle of friends didn’t feel Cagle was a true 2A supporter and was quickly becoming a RINO.

    Kemp will be a fresh change. Let’s hope he is true to his word

  9. avatar John_Spring.TX says:

    I bet this was a backroom deal: reward one for the Delta deal and then have Trump support the true 2A leader.

  10. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    “The Kemp victory should be a net gain for gun owners based on Cagle’s record:”

    When it comes to checking candidates pro or anti 2 nd. amendment stance,Negotiating Rights Away since 1934 is not to be trusted,example their support and recommendation of Dirty Harry Reid.

    Yes I’m a member,too late to do anything about that . However they have lost my support and that of many Constitutional minded American gun owners due to their support of infringements of the 2 Amendment.

  11. avatar former water walker says:

    Yikes! The NRA screws up again. The fudds are fully in power I see. Stevie Wonder could see who the best man in Georgia was 😄.

  12. avatar New Continental Army says:

    Pretty jealous of Georgia right now. Seems they’re getting a hell of a governor.

  13. avatar neiowa says:

    My understanding is that the NRA does not endorse based on how a candidate fills out a survey of issues. To many times lying POS got an endorsement by mouthing the “right” answers but they didn’t actually believe. Largely tally what the candidate done/voted on in elected office.

    I know diddly squat about Georgia politics.

  14. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    Or, people don’t like Cagle all that much. I live in central Georgia and people around here didn’t like the guy at all.

  15. avatar Steve B says:

    I think a representative of the NRA should have to get on here and explain why they endorsed Cagle over Kemp!!! Why are they never called to task when they have OUR money?

  16. avatar Wiregrass says:

    Note to NRA: I didn’t join for the discounts. In fact I didn’t even know they existed. I’ve looked into the NRA Instructor discounts, most don’t apply to anything I want or need.

  17. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    The election results are pretty far out of prediction skill of the pre-election polling.


    Methinks that the press still haven’t fixed their political polling systems.

  18. avatar Mick says:

    This is exactly why I stopped donating to the NRA. They have no problem supporting anti-gun politicians as long as they’re Republicans and hand money to the NRA.

  19. avatar Stateisevil says:

    NRA endorses anti gun Republicans in Florida too. Sucks.

  20. avatar Philip Twiss says:

    It’s real simple, What part of “Shall not infringe” does either the NRA or Cagle understand…

  21. avatar Mr Joe says:

    Been living in Kennesaw of late. Kinda fond of that,these days especially.
    Kemp wasn’t my first choice. Hunter Hill or Clay Tippins won that.
    Given the choice of the two, Kemp in a heartbeat! The more I learned about Cagle, the less I liked him. Delta just kicked him in the hole for me. The swamp smell covered the State after that.
    Lt. Governor has more juice here than Governor bc he controls what gets to the Governors desk. I was tepid on the “endorsed” candidate there but he lost to Duncan, who I expect to be NO FRIEND to us.
    I desperately hope I’m wrong on that but he’ll have to prove it to me. I don’t trust the Chamber anymore than I do Public Sector Unions. I think Duncan is Chamber, and nothing more.

  22. avatar GeorgiaBob says:

    The GOP runoff for Georgia Governor was never NRA v. Trump. In this instance, I believe, the Kemp landslide was simple common sense. The Cagle record of say anything to get votes then vote anyway to get deals, was a real factor. Kemp is well known and credible to a lot of Georgia voters. Outside of of Atlanta, people talked a lot throughout the spring and summer about both Kemp and Cagle – mostly those conversations included, “can’t trust Cagle” and, “my friend, X, knows Kemp and swears he is real.” I voted Kemp because I knew Cagle would NOT keep his promises.

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