Missouri governor's race no mirror of White House contest
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A well-known and well-funded Democrat, opposite a field loaded with an array of Republican candidates. The contest to become Missouri's next governor may seem similar to the White House race, but experts say important differences will affect it.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is the only Democrat to have announced plans to seek the state's top office. Four Republicans are in the race, with two more expected.
Lack of a Democratic primary is a key difference. Koster being alone on the Democratic side could unite the party and help with fundraising; with nearly $4 million, he has more to spend than all the announced and expected GOP candidates combined. St. Louis University political scientist Ken Warren says Koster may also benefit from being a Republican lawmaker before switching parties.