State Auditor Claire McCaskill has formally announced she is going to challenge Governor Bob Holden in the Democratic Primary for Governor next August. In making her announcement, McCaskill stated improvements are needed with Missouri’s roads, schools, and in lowering the unemployment rate. McCaskill is making three announcements today: in Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis. Her kick-off speech was delivered inside the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, where she served as prosecutor from 1993 until she was elected Auditor in 1998. The last time a sitting Governor faced a challenge from within his own party was in 1980, when Governor Joseph Teasdale was challenged by State Treasurer Jim Spainhower. The fight hurt Teasdale, who won the primary but lost the general election to Christopher Bond.
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