Democrats anxiously await the results of today’s gubernatorial primary challenge, already planning on how best to repair the damage done by the primary campaign in order to take on Republican Matt Blunt this fall. Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell acknowledges there’s tension within the party created by Claire McCaskill’s challenge of Bob Holden. He says Democrats need to keep their heads. And he’s advising Democrats to take time after the results come in and not to put on a false show of unity. The primary challenge put State Democratic Chairwoman May Scheve-Reardon in the middle between factions for the Governor and those for Claire. She says her job shifts tomorrow, when she will work hard to pull the party together. Both Scheve-Reardon and Maxwell say the party can’t afford a split, because they expect Republican Matt Blunt to mount a well-funded campaign for governor this fall.
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