Senator Dan Brown drops out of state treasurer race

3 years 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, April 28 2016 Apr 28, 2016 Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:02:00 PM CDT April 28, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - State Senator Dan Brown, R-Rolla, is dropping out of the race for state treasurer.

Brown said in a statement Thursday he's endorsing fellow Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt, who now faces no primary challenger.

Brown says it's important for Republicans to win in November.

Brown was a surprise candidate who entered the running on the first day of candidate filing in February.

Democrats Judy Baker and Pat Contreras also are running for the seat. Baker is a former state lawmaker from Columbia. Contreras is from Kansas City and says he worked for the U.S. Department of State.

Current Democratic state Treasurer Clint Zweifel can't run for re-election because he has reached his term limit.

The primary is Aug. 2 and the general election is Nov. 8.

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