Ad blitz about to begin in Missouri GOP primary contest for governor

After raising money for months, or even years, it’s now time for many Missouri candidates to start spending it.

That’s particularly true in the state’s four-way GOP contest for governor, where the contenders are launching their final two-month sprint to woo voters for the August 5 primary.

Among the first TV ads to hit the region’s airwaves this month come from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who until a few days ago had the least amount in the bank among the state’s five major candidates for governor.

St. Louis businessman John Brunner has  been running TV spots since May 10, his campaign said. His current ad highlights Brunner’s background as a businessman – one of his major pitches to voters.

Eric Greitens spokesman Austin Chambers declined comment on when the campaign would launch its TV ad buys, but emphasized that Greitens’ operation had a plan and was sticking to it.

Catherine Hanaway’s camp plans on highlighting her recent success in visiting all 114 of Missouri’s counties (plus the city of St. Louis) as part of her “Make Missouri Safe and Strong” tour.

Meanwhile, the four Republican contenders have been engaging in regular debates or forums.  So far, the four have made close to a dozen joint appearances, a Brunner spokesman said, with six more debates or forums scheduled in the coming weeks.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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