Several Republicans, largely unknown until launching their candidacies, had tapped their own finances, but Spence may face an uphill battle in November.
Several financially successful men, previously unknown to most Missourians, are competing in a Republican gubernatorial primary.
Fred Sauer, who heads Missouri Roundtable for Life, filed Monday with the secretary of state’s office to run in the August Republican primary.
Dave Spence, who stepped down recently from the plastics packaging company he ran, already has contributed about $2 million to his campaign.
It’s no longer a matter of if Kinder doesn’t run.
Randles argues that to win the GOP needs a candidate who will energize Bible belt voters in southwest Missouri.