Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is one of a growing number of state leaders who oppose efforts to resettle Syrian refugees inside their states. He is shown here during a meeting with reporters in June. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announces her candidacy for a second term in August, with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (from left), Govs. Rick Perry of Texas, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. Richard Shiro/AP hide caption

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (left) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, both Republicans, made a watchdog group's list of bad governors that has a very disproportionate GOP skew. Ronda Churchill/AP hide caption

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