- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a canceled visit to North Carolina by the chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

The chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association says she looks forward to campaigning for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory later this year after canceling a visit to the state’s Republican convention in early May.

A spokesman for association chairwoman and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday said that she strongly supports McCrory in his re-election campaign.

McCrory is embroiled in the controversy over a state law that prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms that don’t match the gender they were assigned at birth.

Martinez spokesman Chris Sanchez says Martinez has canceled her visit to the North Carolina convention to attend the May 7 anniversary of the Sandia Peak Tram. The 4,000-vertical foot tramway is a popular tourist attraction that links the outskirts of Albuquerque with restaurants and hiking trails atop the Sandia Mountains.

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10:40 a.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is canceling plans to travel to a state Republican convention in North Carolina amid controversy over a new law there affecting access to public restrooms by transgender people.

A spokesman for Martinez said Tuesday that the governor and chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association has a scheduling conflict and will be in New Mexico during the May convention.

Spokesman Chris Sanchez declined to specify the scheduling conflict or say whether the change had to do with North Carolina’s new law that prohibits transgender people to use public restrooms that don’t match the gender they were assigned at birth.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is running for re-election. He stands by the bathroom-access regulation but wants legislators to repeal restrictions on discrimination claims by workers.

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