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Gov. Doug Ducey meets with Donald Trump in New York

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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey met with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday, his office said in a statement.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the governor attended the Trump meeting with several other Republican governors from around the nation.

While there, Ducey told the presumptive nominee that he hopes to keep Arizona “in the Republican column” during the November general election.

“It’s been 20 years since a Democrat presidential candidate (named Clinton) won Arizona, and Gov. Ducey wants to keep it that way,” Scarpinato wrote in a brief statement.

Ducey was invited to the meeting by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, the former chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Tuesday’s meeting is believed to be the first time Ducey met Trump, despite the New York billionaire making multiple campaign stops in the state over the past year.

While Ducey has not formally endorsed Trump’s campaign, the governor had previously said he would support the eventual Republican nominee.

In March, Ducey said that what’s important to him is defeating Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, the Democrats in the race.

“I don’t want to see another four or eight years of the policies of Barack Obama,” Ducey told reporters. “That’s very important to me.”

Trump won Arizona’s presidential preference election later in March.

Trump has another campaign event scheduled for Saturday in Maricopa County, though few details have been released.

KTAR’s Martha Maurer and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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