Republican governors mostly steer clear of presidential race

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump gives a thumbs up as his supporters rip apart a sign being held up in front of the candidate by protestors at a rally in PortlandBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Republican party insiders mount a desperate effort to derail the presidential campaign of billionaire Donald Trump, many of the party’s 31 state governors are staying out of the fray. When New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez steps onto a Kansas stage on Friday to endorse Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, she will be only the 10th governor to back one of the four candidates remaining in a nominating contest that could define the party for years to come. “It’s a lose-lose political situation,” said Fergus Cullen, a former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman.

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