ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It didn’t take long for Dave Spence to pull ahead and grab an insurmountable lead in the race for Republican candidate for governor Tuesday night.
Several Republicans, largely unknown until launching their candidacies, had tapped their own finances, but Spence may face an uphill battle in November against a Democratic incumbent who also served in the state Senate and won four terms as attorney general.
The Republicans had focused on the economy and called for making Missouri a “right to work” state, in which union dues cannot be collected as a condition of employment. Spence promised to create jobs and limit liability lawsuits. Attorney Bill Randles wanted to strip state agencies of their authority to make new administrative rules and replace state income taxes with an expanded sales tax. Anti-abortion activist and businessman Fred Sauer also calls for reinstating campaign finance limits.
Gov. Jay Nixon has pointed to how he managed Missouri’s finances with regular reminders about the state’s credit rating and that taxes have not been increased. He faced nominal opposition in the primary.