State Senator Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) has announced that he’s dropping out of the Governor’s race and instead running for Lieutenant Governor. Parson says via Twitter that the opportunity “will give a better path to win real reform for Missouri and promote Positive Politics.” The switch comes three months after Parson announced his candidacy for Governor.
Bev Randles is the only other announced candidate for Lieutenant Governor at this time. Randles is a Kansas City attorney and former chairwoman of conservative political group Club for Growth. She has a $1 million campaign donation from St. Louis businessman Rex Sinquefield.
Five other Republicans remain in the crowded Governor’s race including Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Springfield State Senator Bob Dixon, St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former state representative Randy Asbury. Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens is expected to join.
The only announced Democrat is Attorney General Chris Koster.