Kemp prepares to lead Georgia after rough, partisan campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s new governor campaigned as a self-described “politically incorrect conservative.” Now Republican Brian Kemp is dialing down the partisan rhetoric as he prepares to take office.

Kemp told reporters during a statewide victory lap last week he plans to work hard to win support from Georgians who didn’t vote for him in November. He said his agenda will focus on economic growth and reducing gang violence.

Kemp sealed support among fellow Republicans last year when President Donald Trump endorsed him. He defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams following a last-minute accusation that the Georgia Democratic Party tried to hack the election.

Democratic state Rep. Scott Holcomb of Atlanta said it’s tough to tell whether Kemp will govern to the right or moderate his positions because “he’s said both things.”