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In Races for Governor, Democrats See a Silver Lining


The Republican Governors Association is sort of certain not to take a position in either state.

At a time when Democrats are hungry for next-generation leaders, three states — Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennsylvania, a state the party is now favored in — could deliver the party a fresh-faced trio of governors that reflects their coalition. Maura Healey, a lesbian former college basketball player, is their likely standard-bearer in Massachusetts; Wes Moore, a young Black writer with a compelling (if exaggerated) life story, is the nominee in Maryland; and in Pennsylvania, some consider that Josh Shapiro, the state attorney general and nominee for governor, has hopes of becoming the primary Jewish president.

In quite a lot of states with Democratic governors, including Pennsylvania, Illinois and Minnesota, Republicans have rallied behind candidates who may squander coveted opportunities for G.O.P. pickups. And in primaries this Tuesday in Michigan and Arizona, two battleground states, many Republicans are concerned their voters will nominate individuals who may imperil their possibilities or at the very least require a large infusion of cash to stave off defeat.

The shortage of money is a growing concern amongst many Republicans, a sore spot rubbed raw because a few of the candidates propelled through primaries by Mr. Trump are the identical ones now staring down gaping fund-raising deficits — and expecting a bailout from the Republican Governors Association.

“They’re furious about it,” Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, said of the Republican governors.

Compounding the frustration is Mr. Trump’s reluctance to transfer the greater than $120 million he has in his fund-raising accounts for the candidates he’s backed, a subject Mr. Rove pointedly raised last week in his Wall Street Journal column.

“Trump-endorsed candidates might begin to wonder how strong an ally the previous president really is, beyond lending his name in a primary,” Mr. Rove wrote.

Attempting more positive reinforcement, Mr. Walker, the previous Wisconsin governor, said Mr. Trump should consider how much the party’s success this fall could mean for his hopes of reclaiming the Republican presidential nomination.

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