ATLANTA - State sen. David Shafer received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association this week in his bid to become Georgia's first new lieutenant governor in more than a decade.

“Shafer has chosen to stand with the NRA in opposition to those who are blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of deranged criminals,” said NRA Chairman Chris Cox. “Shafer is a voice for freedom and is a faithful friend to Georgia’s law-abiding gun owners.”

Shafer is also the target of a sexual harassment complaint from a Georgia lobbyist, and the claim was the topic of a secret Senate committee meeting on Thursday.

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Five people are seeking to replace Cagle as Georgia's first new lieutenant governor in more than a decade: Republicans Shafer, Rick Jeffares and Geoff Duncan, and Democrats Sarah Riggs Amico and Triana Arnold James.

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