The party made the announcement Sunday night at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan. The Illinois GOP says the straw poll will be Nov. 5 and measure the support of Republican presidential hopefuls.
Looks like Governor Nixon is comfortable in the top spot in Jefferson City - he's confirmed that he'll seek re-election in 2012.
Though Nixon confirmed his intentions with a "Yea" to the Associated Press today, his campaign says he's already raised about $1 million since the Nov. 2 elections, and Nixon said he's "committed" to running, he could still follow the precedent of former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.
The Republican elections director in St. Louis City will head to Kosovo this week to oversee the country's elections.
Scott Leiendecker leaves for the Balkan nation on Dec 8. He's part of a team from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, which provides technical support to countries who might not be accustomed to holding democratic elections.
As reported by Public Policy Polling, current Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has an 8 point lead over likely election challenger Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. The approval rating of the Governor is also up in relation to other U.S. Governors -- but not because of the support of his Democratic base.