AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Gov.-elect Brian Kemp is giving a glimpse of his top priorities for the year as he takes a victory lap across Georgia ahead of next week's inauguration.

Kemp kicked off what he's calling a "thank you tour" Wednesday in Augusta, where he mingled with dozens of supporters at a banquet hall near Augusta National Golf Club.

The Republican said he plans to focus his first year in office on helping small businesses, cutting taxes and cracking down on violent gangs. Kemp said that "working for hard-working Georgians, that wasn't just a campaign slogan. It is going to be the way that we govern."

Kemp plans stops in nine Georgia cities through Saturday. He will be sworn in as Georgia's 83rd governor Monday in Atlanta.

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