Republicans See The Road To The White House Running Through A State Capitol - Who Has The Best Shot?

Republican Govs. Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell have seen their stars dim since they rallied a dejected base with their victories in the 2009 election, a turn of events that underscores the volatile nature of politics and has opened the door for other chief executives to try to assert their influence over a party without a clear national leader.

While some grass-roots Republicans have looked to Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio for guidance, others say the party should be focused more on the states, where a deep bench of governors are driving conservative agendas and possibly positioning themselves for the 2016 presidential race.

Despite his stumbles, Mr. Christie cannot be counted out, Republicans say.

He “has the media persona and comes from an arctic blue state,” Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said. “But with 70 percent approval that is nothing to sneeze at, particularly for a party who might be willing to nominate Lucifer if it meant winning the Oval Office again.”

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