But the NRA had little influence on the GOP nomination. Cagle fell well below the majority-vote he needed to stave off a head-to-head matchup against Kemp. And though NRA president-elect Oliver North campaigned with Cagle, he was vastly overshadowed days later by President Donald Trump's late endorsement of Kemp.
Kemp seems sure to try to use the NRA's support to help energize conservative supporters drawn to his promises of expanding gun rights and a July 4 sales tax holiday on firearms and ammunition.
Expect his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, to seek to make the most of the endorsement as well.
The former House minority leader and other Democrats have broken with decades of conventional strategy in Georgia by supporting new gun restrictions. And she often boasts her poor ratings from the NRA were the only Ds and Fs that ever earned her parents' praise.