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Mr. Pawlenty said GOP candidates such as Meg Whitman, running for governor in California; Susana Martinez, a Hispanic running for governor of New Mexico; and Nikki Haley, an Indian-American running for South Carolina governor, were “reflective of a more modern party.”

“It’s going to be a new era in terms of base and voice and tone of the Republican Party, and I think that’s really good,” Mr. Pawlenty said.