The crowded race for governor in Missouri lost a participant on Monday, as Sen. Bob Dixon announced his departure from the contest.
The departure of Dixon, R-Springfield, isn’t entirely unexpected. He was at the bottom of the pack when it came to fundraising. His last campaign finance report showed him with less than $83,000 in the bank.
Dixon also had to deal with some personal issues stemming from his past. His campaign announcement in July soon forced to him to discuss his years in the mid-1980s when he lived as a gay man. Dixon has renounced that lifestyle, is married and has three children. In the General Assembly, he has been a staunch social conservative.
The remaining Republican contenders, set to compete in next year’s primary, are Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, St. Louis businessman John Brunner and author/former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.