Election 2012
3:01 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon to endorse Clay in congressional primary

Per Clay spokesman Steven Engelhardt, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing Rep. William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) in the 1st District congressional primary in St. Louis.

Clay faces Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis).

As we reported when Carnahan announced his run, Carnahan's 3rd District was drawn out of existence following the 2010 census.

When Carnahan announced his entry into the 1st District race,  Clay told the St. Louis Beacon that the "friendship was over" between he and Carnahan.

Clay commented on the endorsement today during an interview with our host Don Marsh of St. Louis on the Air.

Clay said Nixon told him "there was no one better for this position" and that he and Nixon had been discussing the matter "for the last several weeks."

Clay has also been endorsed by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

(You can listen to Clay's full comments on the endorsement in the audio clip above)