Election 2012

Election 2012 / Ryan Dillon
4:31 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Dillon, ex-aide to Skelton runs for Mo. secretary of state

Ryan Dillon, of Rolla, Mo. has announced he's running for Missouri Secretary of State.
(via Facebook/with permission from Dillon campaign)

An aide to former Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton says he plans to run for Missouri secretary of state.

Ryan Dillon, of Rolla, said Monday that he intends to make job creation and an "open political process" the themes of his campaign.

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Cole McNary / Election 2012
3:10 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Rep. McNary from Chesterfield to run for Mo. treasurer's office

Missouri state Rep. Cole McNary, R-Chesterfield.
via Flickr/KOMU News

A state House member from Chesterfield is the first Republican to officially enter the Missouri treasurer's race.

Rep. Cole McNary said Thursday that he will seek to challenge Democratic Treasurer Clint Zweifel in the 2012 elections.

McNary cast himself as a fiscal conservative while announcing his candidacy. But he told The Associated Press that he has no particular complaints over the way Zweifel has run the office.

Zweifel had more than $720,000 in his campaign account at the end of September. McNary had a little over $28,000.

Dave Spence / Election 2012
12:11 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Mo. governor's candidate Spence acknowledges DWI

Dave Spence, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Alpha Packaging, and a 2012 Missouri gubernatorial candidate.
(Provided By: Alpha Packaging)

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has acknowledged a drunken driving violation from several years ago.

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Peter Kinder / Election 2012
1:49 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Kinder will not run for Mo. Gov, to seek re-election instead

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(Official Photo via Office of the Lt. Governor)

Updated at 5:35 p.m. via the Associated Press, and at 5:42 with a quote from Brad Lager:

In a ripple effect from Kinder's announcement, St. Louis developer Chris McKee, who just announced his candidacy on Monday, has now announced that he is pulling out of the race for Lt. Gov. and instead will throw his support behind Kinder.

Republican state Sen. Brad Lager, of Savannah, also declared his candidacy for lieutenant governor Monday. Lager said Friday that he is still in the race but will re-evaluate that decision after he gets a chance to talk with Kinder.

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Dave Spence / Election 2012
11:32 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Spence to run for Missouri governor

Dave Spence, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Alpha Packaging. Spence has said he will enter the race for Missouri governor.
(Provided by Alpha Packaging)

Will be updated.

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence says he is entering the Republican race for Missouri governor.

Spence declared his candidacy Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. He becomes the first prominent Republican to officially launch a challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in the 2012 elections.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also is expected to announce his candidacy for governor soon. That would set up a Republican primary next August.

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Brad Lager / Election 2012
6:02 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Lager enters GOP race for Mo. lieutenant governor

Missouri state Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah.
(via Mo. State Senate website)

Northwest Missouri state Senator Brad Lager has moved quickly to take advantage of an opening in the lieutenant governor's race.

The Savannah Republican announced his candidacy for the state's No. 2 executive on Monday, just days after Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley announced he was dropping out of the lieutenant governor's race.

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Election 2012
4:57 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

GOP chances of winning Mo. offices in trouble, Mizzou prof. says

(via flickr/D.H. Parks)

A political observer says Republicans in Missouri may have already blown their chances to win state-level statewide offices next year.

The Secretary of State’s race is the only one with any major GOP contenders (State Senators Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer, and House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller), following Steven Tilley’s departure from the Lt. Governor’s race.  Current Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) still hasn’t announced whether he’s running for governor.

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Tilley for Lt. Gov. / Election 2012
10:12 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Republican Tilley drops out of Mo. lt. gov. race

Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, who announced today that he is dropping out of the 2012 lieutenant governor's race.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

(Click on the link to hear Marshall Griffin's exclusive interview with Tilley)

The only major Republican contender in the Missouri Lt. Governor’s race has dropped out.

Steven Tilley of Perryville made the surprise announcement today (Thursday) to fellow House Republicans and to the media.  He says he made the decision after realizing that he wants to be a normal person again.

“It wasn’t in my heart to do it, I just didn’t have the fire in the belly," Tilley said.  "I started out because I wanted to do it, but I’ve sacrificed a lot to myself financially and to my family, and I’m comfortable…it’s a load off my shoulders and I’m excited to move into a new chapter.”

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Special Elections
11:42 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Special elections occurring for 4 Mo. House seats in St. Louis, Kansas City areas

The typical badge of a vote cast, the "I Voted" sticker.
(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

Voters in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are choosing four new representatives to the Missouri House to take over for lawmakers who moved to different jobs.

The special elections are being held Tuesday.

Three people are vying to replace Republican Rep. Sally Faith, who resigned after being elected mayor of St. Charles in April.

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Election 2012
2:17 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Panel names sites of official presidential debates, Wash. U listed as backup

The campus of Washington University in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/kennedy22)

The committee that sponsors presidential debates during the general election has chosen Denver, Hempstead, N.Y., and Boca Raton, Fla., as the sites for three debates in October 2012. They are to take place, barring any unforseen changes, as follows.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that the debates between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger will take place:

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