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State auditor to announce plans to run for governor

October 17, 2003
By: Kate Amburgey
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY -State Auditor Claire McCaskill will announce Monday her intentions to run against incumbent Gov. Bob Holden in a primary race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

The governor has no planned response to McCaskill's anticipated announcement.

McCaskill trails Holden in campaign finances with $1.3 million to his $2.3 million, but Glenn Campbell, McCaskill's campaign manager, says McCaskill will close the gap.

The governor did not raise as much money last quarter and McCaskill's $1.3 million in the bank without even being a declared candidate makes her a financially viable candidate, Campbell said.

No Republicans have entered the race, but supporters for Secretary of State Matt Blunt's bid for the governorship have reported raising $1.9 million for his potential campaign.