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April 2, 2012

By: Lauren Rodgers

Jay Nixon (D) will defend his seat this year against two other Democrats, four Republicans and two Libertarian candidates.

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: A few days later than expected, the field is set for this year's gubernatorial election in the Show Me state. The candidate filing deadline was initially set for March 27th, but due to the withdrawal of candidates, filing for governor remained open until Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm (local time).[1] One candidate, William Campbell (D), filed during the two-day extension. Another candidate, Leonard Steinman switched his party affiliation for a third and final time. Initially filing as a Democrat, Steinman withdrew his filing and re-filed as a Constitution Party candidate, only to be removed from the ballot a day later. He has re-filed a second time as a candidate for the Libertarian Party.

Incumbent Jay Nixon (D) is running for re-election. In March 2011, he was leading 45 percent to 38 percent over Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), who was expected to run against Nixon for the state's top political spot in 2012. Nixon's candidacy received a boost in November when Kinder, following a controversy where he was photographed with an ex-stripper in a bar, announced he would not be running,[2] instead seeking re-election to his current office.

Nixon has drawn two, little-known primary challengers, Clay Thunderhawk and latecomer William Campbell. Initially, Leonard Steinman - a once-Democrat, then-Constitution Party candidate - is now a Libertarian Party candidate, as is software developer and computer systems analyst Jim Higgins. Four Republicans filed for office, including St. Louis businessman Dave Spence, attorney and pastor Bill Randles, sales manager John Weiler and pro-life activist Fred Sauer.

The primary election is scheduled for August 14, 2012, followed by the November 6, 2012 general election.

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