UPI – Barbour: GOP govs leading party back

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19 (UPI) — Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi says his fellow governors are “leading the comeback” of the Republican Party.

Barbour spoke at a news conference Wednesday as the Republican Governors Association began a conference in Austin, Texas, The Washington Post reported. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, is the current head of the RGA.

When Chris Christie is inaugurated in New Jersey in January and Robert McConnell in Virginia, 24 states will have Republican governors. Next year, there will be gubernatorial elections in 37 states.

“Our goal for next year is to get appreciably above a majority,” Barbour said.