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Republican Governors Seek to Avoid 2018 Election Damage From Trump, Moore

  • Presidential unpopularity could threaten GOP state dominance
  • More than two-thirds of all governor seats on ballot in 2018
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Lanhee Chen Says Moore Should Not Be Seated as Senator

Republican governors and their donors -- still reeling from GOP losses last week in New Jersey and Virginia -- are trying to distance themselves from their party’s problems and plot a 2018 strategy to protect their state-level dominance.

At the annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Austin, Texas, party officeholders downplayed those defeats and dismissed the political fallout of President Donald Trump’s historically low approval ratings and lack of legislative accomplishments. They brushed aside questions about the potential long-term consequences from growing sexual misconduct allegations that have engulfed Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore in Alabama.