Lingle told The Hill in October that she'd support any of the Republican candidates in the race except Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
"Unless the Republican candidate was Ron Paul I would be voting for
the Republican candidate," she said then. "I don't think anyone would be
surprised by that. I like them all."
Democrats have sought to tie Lingle to the national Republican Party in the liberal-leaning state, blasting her for a recent fundraiser she held with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the author of a controversial bill that would overturn the Obama administration's requirement that all insurance companies cover the costs of contraception. They likely will try to tie her to whomever emerges as the Republican nominee.