There is a reason Americans have often turned to governors when they elect presidents, and it has been on display almost every day recently. As the coronavirus pandemic has been spreading across the country, top governors have moved faster and more decisively than federal leaders.Over a 24-hour period Thursday and Friday, Govs. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.), whose states have a combined population of more than 70 million people, began to implement various versions of statewide, stay-at-home orders for all but essential workers.Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) barred spectators from an annual fitness and bodybuilding festival before there were any confirmed covid-19 cases in his state. He was the first governor to close schools. Despite controversy, he used the state’s health emergency powers to delay this past Tuesday’s state primaries.The Toledo Blade recently quoted Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, Ohio, as saying of DeWine, “He knows it’s coming, and he’s preparing us before we can even see it. That’s tremendously difficult leadership to show.”Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) faced the crisis earlier than most when the virus struck a nursing home in the Seattle area. That state has more deaths recorded to

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