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Ducey to lead Republican governors

Ducey to lead Republican governors
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Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceySupreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights House Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan 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 GianforteOvernight Health Care: CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions | Cuomo faces rising scrutiny over COVID-19 nursing home deaths | Biden officials move to begin rescinding Medicaid work requirements Montana governor lifts state mask mandate Democrats argue Trump will incite violence again MORE (R) won the right to succeed term-limited Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockOvernight Health Care: CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions | Cuomo faces rising scrutiny over COVID-19 nursing home deaths | Biden officials move to begin rescinding Medicaid work requirements Montana governor lifts state mask mandate Lobbying world 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 TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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 NoemNYT podcast host says policy wasn't discussed at CPAC because Trumpism 'was never really focused on policy' MAGALand in Orlando Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run 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).