- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey met with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday for the first time since the real estate mogul began running for president.

Ducey’s spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said during the 45-minute meeting the governor told Trump that he wants Republicans to remain in control of Arizona politics from the presidency down to the state Legislature.

Ducey also told Trump that Arizona hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton and he wants to keep it that way, Scarpinato said.

“He let Donald Trump know that Arizona has one of the best run state parties in the country,” Scarpinato said in a statement.

Ducey met with the presumptive nominee at Trump Tower alongside a group of Republican governors from around the country including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

The meeting was Ducey’s first with Trump despite Trump’s three appearances in Arizona.

Ducey said in April he will support whoever the Republican nominee is for president. He will lead Arizona’s delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Trump campaign officials have confirmed that he is returning to Arizona on Saturday but have not released the location of the event.

Scarpinato declined to answer if the governor would be attending the event.

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