There were some noticeable absences from the National Governors Association summer meeting in West Virginia this weekend.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, New Jersey's Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana all apparently had more pressing things to do, like running for the Republican presidential nomination. Ohio Governor John Kasich is also a candidate for the White House, though he typically doesn’t attend the association meetings.
The 10 current and former governors who have announced presidential bids is the most ever, according John Weingart, director of the Center on the American Governor at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
“Governors do know how to govern,” said Utah Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican who plans to back the candidate who best addresses issues in the Intermountain West.
Governors who are running are pushing their colleagues for support, and it's not easy to commit with so many running, said Republican Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, which holds the first caucuses.
“I think a lot will stay out of it, at least initially,” he said.