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Election 2010

3 GOP governors stump for Ohio's Kasich


LEBANON — GOP candidate for Ohio governor John Kasich expects to get help in his final campaign push from three current Republican governors.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi's Haley Barbour and New Jersey's Chris Christie rally today for Kasich in the Republican-dominated Southwest Ohio suburbs.

The three governors are campaigning in Ohio ahead of weekend visits by a Democratic big three: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former president Bill Clinton.

Former congressman Kasich is trying to unseat Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Kasich has held a steady 4-to-7 point lead in recent polling data.

Minnesota's Pawlenty and Barbour of Mississippi are usually listed among possible 2012 presidential candidates. Christie has said he's not ready to consider a national run.

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