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Trump campaign cuts ties with Ohio GOP chair

FILE - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP/WSYX/WTTE) - Donald Trump's campaign is denouncing and severing ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, Matt Borges.

It's the latest crack in GOP unity in the critical battleground state, where Republican Gov. John Kasich is also not behind the party's presidential nominee. Borges has been openly critical of Trump on several occasions and told some Ohio news outlets he wasn't sure if he would vote for Trump.

Trump's Ohio chairman, Bob Paduchik, is accusing Borges of undermining Trump as part of a bid to be the next Republican National Committee chair. Borges has been mentioned as a possible successor to Reince Priebus.

Paduchik says in a letter to state committee members that Trump is "very disappointed in Matt's duplicity."

"It's no great secret Chairman Borges was never fully on board, but his actions of the last week demonstrate that his loyalties to Gov. John Kasich's failed presidential campaign eclipse his responsibility as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party," Paduchik wrote. "The chairman is also driven by an apparently insatiable need for publicity."

Jim Simon, a member of the state party's central committee, isn't on board with Paduchik's assessment of the situation.

"This has been a difficult and challenging election cycle, unlike any I've ever seen, and Matt has handled it perfectly," Simon said. "Drawing fire away from our candidates and officeholders is the chairman's job, which is something I'm sure Bob doesn't understand."

Jo Ann Davidson, another central committee member, said the Ohio GOP is "poised to win elections up and down the ballot for Republicans this year in Ohio, just like we did in 2014 under Chairman Borges' leadership."

Paduchik says he still expects the Ohio Republican Party to pay the campaign's payroll and expenses in the state.

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