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Yesterday I told you about the Republicans. Now here's all the news, speculation and intrigue, surrounding the presidential endorsements of the nation's 28 Democratic governors:
Arizona's Janet Napolitano: Close to Richardson, but showing no urgency in making an endorsement.
Arkansas' Mike Beebe: No official endorsement. Has said that Hillary has "a brilliance that few people can match and a heart that goes with it."
Colorado's Bill Ritter: Attended an Obama event, but remains uncommitted. Focusing on labor dispute for Democratic Convention in Denver.
Delaware's Ruth Ann Minner: Seems to have a good relationship with home-state Sen. Joe Biden, but no endorsement yet.
Illinois' Rod Blagojevich: Endorsed Obama the day he announced his candidacy.
Iowa's Chet Culver: Obama campaigned for him, Dodd attended his inauguration, Clinton met with him.
Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius: Seen as a vice presidential candidate, but has sidestepped endorsement questions.
The rest of the Dems after the jump.
Louisiana's Kathleen Blanco: Won't be in office in 2008, has attended an Obama fundraiser.
Maine's John Baldacci: In February told the New York Times of Obama, Edwards and Clinton, "None of them have called me." Someone's feelings hurt?
Maryland's Martin O'Malley: Endorsed Clinton in May. Bill and Hillary both campaigned for him last year.
Massachusetts' Deval Patrick: Close to Obama and Hillary (he worked in the Clinton White House)
Michigan's Jennifer Granholm: Clinton raised thousands for her reelection campaign last year.
Montana's Brian Schweitzer: Told the Washington Post, "I like a lot of them." Obama's shift against coal-to-liquid fuel could hurt.
New Hampshire's John Lynch: Three officials in his reelection campaign now work for Obama, but he's not tipping his hand.
New Jersey's Jon Corzine: Endorsed Clinton, calling her, "the most qualified person to be the president."
New Mexico's Bill Richardson: Supporting himself, presumably.
New York's Eliot Spitzer: Endorsed Clinton, saying, "She is a New Yorker through and through because she has charisma, courage, guts."
North Carolina's Mike Easley: Endorsed Edwards' '04 bid, in June '03, but, so far, nothing this time.
Ohio's Ted Strickland: Says he won't endorse prior to the Ohio primary, but insiders think he favors Clinton.
Oklahoma's Brad Henry: ?
Oregon's Ted Kulongoski: His former campaign chairman favors Edwards.
Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell: Hasn't endorsed anyone, he's just given $2,300 to Clinton's campaign and encouraged others to help her too.
Tennessee's Phil Bredesen: Quoted in NY Times: "Democrats certainly could not win in Tennessee with just a hard-nosed Nancy Pelosi-style Democratic agenda."
Virginia's Tim Kaine: Endorsed Obama in February, calling it "a very simple decision for me."
Washington's Christine Gregoire: Active in the moderate DLC, she isn't deciding yet.
West Virginia's Joe Manchin: Praised fellow governor, telling the Albuquerque Journal, "I think the people of West Virginia need to be introduced to Bill Richardson."
Wisconsin's Jim Doyle: Attended a fundraiser for Obama, who campaigned for him last year. No endorsement though.
Wyoming's Dave Freudenthal: ?
Written and compiled by staff writers and editors, GOVERNING View is an on-the-ground, and sometimes behind-the-scenes, look at the topics we're covering in print and online. From notes on what's up in statehouses, county courthouses and city halls, to encounters with people, places and things, GOVERNING View is a window into the side of state and local government you don't always see.