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It's a safe bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state:
? Reversed a $2.2 billion deficit and brought it into balance without raising taxes, largely by reduced spending and eliminating wasteful and unaffordable programs, allowing for a projected fiscal year 2014 budget surplus of $300 million.
? Bipartisan pension and benefits reforms, saving the state $120 billion during 30 years. ...