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‘You couldn't spend a dime?': Jay Inslee ticks off the wrong state

Posted On: Jan 12, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee heads to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire later this month to test the 2020 waters, he might want to consider adding an apology tour. Inslee's decision while he chaired the Democratic Governors Association not to invest in New Hampshire's competitive governor's race last year still burns some of the state's leading Democrats. Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic Party chair, said the move was so surprising that state Democrats assumed Inslee had abandoned any 2020 aspirations. Under Inslee, the DGA picked up seven seats in 2018 - a record number for Democrats in the last two decades. Yet in the race that mattered most in New Hampshire, the umbrella governors group was nowhere to be found. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly ultimately lost 53 percent to 46 percent in what otherwise turned out to be a strong Democratic year. The decision not to spend in New Hampshire is likely to dog Inslee's upcoming travel to the state for a...

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