CAPE GIRARDEAU -The Lieutenant Governor of Missouri announced Friday he will not run for the 8th Congressional District seat.
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder released a statement saying, "After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to end the month-long, exploratory phase on an 8th District congressional candidacy by forgoing a race in 2014."
Kinder said it was a difficult decision since his family is from the southeast portion of the state and he says his roots and heart are in the 8th District.
The campaigning for Kinder began back in 1992 when he ran for the Senate the first time. He has had six campaigns - one every four years.
"I am deeply humbled by the many citizens who have urged me to run, who've pledged their financial support, and I thank them for their confidence. I regret that this decision will disappoint them," Kinder said.