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GOP Steps to Plate on Heels of Close Democratic Primary

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Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt faces Claire McCaskill in the November gubernatorial election.

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis – Missouri Republicans used the day after the election Wednesday to start criticizing the new Democratic nominee for Governor, Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill beat incumbent Governor Bob Holden Tuesday after a divisive campaign.

But Holden told his supporters Tuesday night to work for McCaskill now.

And the two Democrats met Wednesday morning to start getting past their differences from the campaign.

But Missouri Republican Party chair Ann Wagner mocked that unity breakfast.

"Unity breakfast is where the winner eats country ham and the loser eats crow and they all proclaim that they really didn't mean all those terrible things they said," Wagner said. "Well, it comes as no surprise to Missourians when the Democrats were talking without meaning anything they said."

Wagner spoke at a rally for Republican candidate Matt Blunt.

Blunt was more careful not to directly attack McCaskill.

Though he added McCaskill and Holden have no differences on just about every public policy issue.

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