His name wasn’t on the ballot, but he worked very hard this election cycle, hoping for a pay-off in two years. By his own count, Attorney General Jay Nixon visited 101 of the state’s 114 counties during the election cycle, stumping for 61 Democrats running for the state House and Senate. Democrats picked up five seats in the Missouri House, two in the Senate. Nixon says those gains send a clear signal that the politics of division won’t move the state forward and that the politics of cutting health isn’t where this state needs to move. Nixon says the success of Democrats this year is a real bellwether for 2008. Nixon formed his gubernatorial campaign committee at the beginning of the year, creating a possible match-up with incumbent Governor Matt Blunt who has yet to disclose his intentions. Nixon says his campaign for governor began in earnest the day after the election. He says there is no doubt that the next election cycle begins very quickly and he wants to get out his message of change for the state of Missouri. Nixon has raised $1.2 million already, but Matt Blunt has raised $3.2 million.