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GOP gubernatorial candidates hope to avoid 1992 repeat



In 1992, Missouri’s race for governor was so nasty, the top two finishers refuse to talk about it.

The winner ended up in prison. The third-place finisher never held office again, despite being a former congressman. Only the runner-up, who many blamed for the intensely personal, negative tone of the campaign, remains an elected official today.

Today, some Missouri Republicans worry the 2016 governor’s primary could be a repeat of that disaster. And despite the candidates’ promises of clean campaigns, the race already seems to be off to a rocky start.

One candidate, obsessed with the possibility of a smear campaign, took his own life last February. And because the candidates largely agree on many issues, there’s a good possibility the campaign will turn on character and reputation.

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