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Ducey to lead Republican governors

Ducey to lead Republican governors
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Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Arizona's Democratic secretary of state to run for governor MORE (R) will lead the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in 2021, giving a national forum to a state official said to be contemplating a run for president in 2024.

Ducey, serving his second term in Phoenix, will take over for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who led the group during the 2020 elections. This year, Republicans gained one governorship when Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteGovernors can protect civil liberties, too No turning back on pandemic unemployment support Jobs report shows more stimulus isn't the answer MORE (R) won the right to succeed term-limited Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockBiden 'allies' painting him into a corner Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Overnight Energy: Climate Summit Day 2 — Biden says US will work with other countries on climate innovation MORE (D).

Ducey will oversee fundraising efforts in a year when just two governorships are up for grabs. Virginia voters will choose a replacement for Gov. Ralph Northam (D), and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) will seek a second term.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) will serve as the RGA’s vice chair, putting her in line to lead the group in 2022, when she would be up for reelection.

Ducey is among a large field of potential aspirants who may consider a presidential campaign in 2024. He made a point to build ties to President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE, though those relations have been strained as Ducey defended the integrity of Arizona’s election, which Trump lost in November.

He has faced increasingly strident criticism even within his own back yard, feuding with Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Kelli Ward, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party.

The RGA’s incoming executive board is a mix of governors who have been among Trump’s closest allies, such as Ducey, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemOvernight Energy:  Senate climate advocates start digging in on infrastructure goals | Judge rebuffs Noem's bid for July 4th fireworks at Mount Rushmore | Climate advocate wins third seat on Exxon board Judge rebuffs Noem's bid for July 4th fireworks at Mount Rushmore Human Rights Campaign plans to sue DeSantis over Florida trans athlete law MORE (R) and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R), as well as those who are among his sharpest critics, like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R).