The 2016 race for Missouri governor is beginning to look a lot like the 2016 presidential campaign, with a number of Republican candidates in the mix and just one Democrat declared so far.
The GOP gubernatorial primary officially became a three-way race last week when Mike Parson, a Republican state senator from Bolivar, announced his campaign. He joins Catherine Hanaway, the former Missouri House speaker, and former state Rep. Randy Asbury as official entrants in the race.
But, with more than a year until the August 2016 primaries, there’s speculation about at least three more Republican candidates joining the race. Potential GOP candidates include Eric Greitens, an author and former Navy SEAL from the St. Louis area; John Brunner, a Frontenac businessman; and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who hails from Gape Girardeau.
On the Democratic side, Attorney General Chris Koster is the lone declared candidate. He leads all of Missouri’s 2016 political candidates with more than $3.3 million in funding.