WASHINGTON – Wisconsin’s Scott Walker has emerged as a force in the 2016 White House contest.

That’s a position two other Republican governors from the Midwest – lesser known but similarly ambitious – undoubtedly would like to be in.

Like Walker, John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Snyder in Michigan have strong resumes and political successes in states where the GOP often struggles.

They offer a distinct form of pragmatic politics that differs sharply from that of their combative counterpart in Wisconsin.

Kasich – a former congressman – has taken steps toward a presidential bid.

Snyder – an accountant – recently began his first national tour since allies created a nonprofit organization to broaden his profile.