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Republican governors unite

Gov.-elect Charlie Crist is likely to get rock star treatment at this week's conference in Miami of the Republican Governors Association. Crist's victory was one of the bright spots nationwide for the GOP, which lost its majority of governorships in the Nov. 7 election.

Governorships switched parties in six states, giving the Democratic party its first majority since 1994.

The other star attraction at the conference, which begins Wednesday, is the chairman of the association and a potential presidential contender, Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

In a written statement the day after the election, Romney said: "Americans spoke last night and Republicans are listening. Americans have not become less conservative, but they believe some Republicans have. As a party, we need to remember who we are, and the principles that have always led our party and our country to success."