Governor Bob Holden attempts a brave face as he absorbs a stinging primary election defeat. Holden refuses to say anything went wrong with his campaign, blaming his primary election loss to Claire McCaskill on the circumstances he faced during his three-and-a-half years as Governor. Democrats now look to repair any damage the primary battle might have done to the party. And they look for an infusion of cash to mount a strong enough campaign against Republican Matt Blunt this fall. Both Holden and McCaskill spent millions in their primary fight. Roy Temple, a long-term Democratic campaign strategist who worked for Holden, expects McCaskill will be able to tap the resources she needs. Temple declined to put a figure on that. The last gubernatorial campaign spent about a total of $20-Million.
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