JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has opened a considerable cash advantage over his potential 2012 challenger, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Quarterly finance figures released Monday by Nixon’s campaign show he raised about $1.5 million during the past three months, easily tripling Kinder’s quarterly fundraising total of more than $400,000.

As of Sept. 30, the Democratic governor had more than $4.2 million in his campaign account. Kinder, a Republican, had a little less than $1.6 million in his.

Kinder has not officially declared his candidacy, but a campaign adviser says Kinder plans to make an announcement about his political future next month.

Nixon’s campaign said he received contributions from about 1,200 different donors during the past three months, which the campaign said is a sign of broad support.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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