Governors’ races echo national divides

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio—Across the U.S., 37 governors’ seats are up for election in November. One issue links them all: the economy. That’s bringing national politics—and the 2012 presidential race—into local frays.

Republicans are attacking the Obama administration’s handling of the country’s worst recession in three generations, including the president’s economic-stimulus package. Democrats are reminding voters who was in charge when the bubble burst and, in many cases, extolling the stimulus as a savior of jobs.

In Ohio, a presidential bellwether state hit especially hard by the downturn, the race for governor has turned into an ugly, expensive fight that could foreshadow the presidential contest in 2012.

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