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Sinquefield, Kinder hosting fundraising event for presidential candidate Scott Walker

Clockwise from upper left, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker

Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, the wealthy duo who are among the state’s most prominent political donors, have apparently made a choice for president: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The couple is hosting a fundraising event for Walker on July 26 at their St. Louis home in the Central West End. (They also have an estate near Lake of the Ozarks.) Depending on the category of ticket, prices range from $500 a person to $10,800 a couple.

The cohosts include St. Louis businessman Dave Spence (the GOP nominee for governor in 2012); Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (who’s running for governor in 2016); U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent and his wife, Brenda Talent, who heads the Show-Me Institute, which is partially funded by Sinquefield.

Walker had been the preferred choice of the state GOP's executive board at last winter's Lincoln Days. Since then, national press reports have indicated that Walker is doing well in Iowa, which holds the first presidential caucuses in 2016 and where most of the  candidates first appeal for voters’ support.

Several area Republican donors and activists already are aligned with some of Walker’s rivals, most notably former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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