Missouri State Auditor Announces Bid For Governor This Morning

October 20, 2003 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY, MO - State Auditor Claire McCaskill makes it official this morning, announcing her bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  She'll challenge Governor Bob Holden in the primary next August, with the winner facing expected Republican nominee Matt Blunt, now the Secretary of State.

This will be only the second time since Missouri allowed governors to run for a second term in the 1960s that the incumbent will face a primary challenger.  Back in 1980, Governor Joseph Teasdale overcame a bitter battle in the Democratic primary, only to lose his job in the general election.  The winner that time was Republican Kit Bond, now one of Missouri's U.S. Senators.

The 50-year-old McCaskill is in her second term as state auditor.  Earlier she served in the Missouri House and as the Jackson County prosecuting attorney.

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