(CNN) - Led by Mississippi's Haley Barbour, five GOP governors are hitting the trail next week in support of fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates in this year's midterm elections.
Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will make stops in 13 states over five days, starting Tuesday in New Mexico. Later Tuesday Barbour campaigns in Wyoming and South Dakota, followed by Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois on Wednesday. Thursday he'll be in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, with stops Friday in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The tour ends Saturday with events in Oregon, Minnesota, Florida, and Wisconsin.
At some of the events Barbour will be joined by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Christie and McDonald both won election last year, in a Republican sweep of the two gubernatorial contests in 2009, as the party won back Democratic held governorships.
"Republican governors are where the Democrats' harsh rhetoric meets reality," says RGA Communications Director Mike Schrimpf, in a statement. "Governors like Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell have successfully focused on the pocketbook issues that voters care about and provide a clear contrast with the Democrats' record."
The RGA says the point of the tour is to make the case to voters that Republican governors are already governing successfully.
While this tour is about 2010, there are 2012 implications. Barbour and Pawlenty are both thought to be seriously considering bids for the next GOP presidential nomination. There's been buzz surrounding both Jindal and Christie as well, but both had said they don't foresee jumping into the upcoming race for the White House.
The stop in Newton, Iowa should also spark interest, as the state's caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.
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