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Missouri’s crowded GOP contest for governor has lost a participant, as state Sen. Bob Dixon is dropping out.

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.

Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is criticizing some University of Missouri student protesters as "pampered" and the faculty who are backing them as "tenured radicals."

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An expected Democratic and Republican candidate each raised more than $1 million in recent months for what's turning out to be an expensive Missouri governor's race.

Talking Politics - List of Governor GOP Candidates Grows

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The list of GOP candidates for Missouri's gubernatorial election continues to grow as John Brunner announced his candidacy yesterday via a video message posted on his campaign website.

Marshall Griffin and Jo Mannies have the story.

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Retired businessman John Brunner has joined the crowded Republican field seeking to be Missouri's next governor. He's touting himself as a political outsider with the leadership experience to bring change to state government.

Brunner is a former Marine captain and retired CEO of Vi-Jon, Inc., his family's hand-sanitizer and personal care product company.

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Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner says he's ready to move forward with a campaign for Missouri governor in 2016.

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Republican former U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner says he is contemplating a run for Missouri governor in 2016.

Brunner told The Associated Press on Friday that he has received encouragement to run but doesn't plan to make a decision until after the 2014 elections.

His comments came several days after former U.S. attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her Republican candidacy for governor. Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is another potential Republican candidate, but he first faces re-election this year.

Three Missouri Republicans are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill this November.  All three have a strong chance of winning the GOP an extra Senate seat.

Newscast for August 6, 2012

Aug 6, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Fire destroys Joplin mosque
  • Republican Senate primary heats up
  • 'Right to pray' amendment on primary ballot

Newscast for July 30, 2012

Jul 30, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Lt. Gov. Kinder and state Sen. Lager take jabs in debate
  • Sarah Palin endorses Steelman for Senate
  • Poll: Romney leads Obama by 9 percent

The wealth of businessman John Brunner has allowed him to easily outspend his rivals in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Newscast for June 5, 2012

Jun 5, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newscast including:

  • Missouri's tax revenues ahead of projections, up 3.4 percent.
  • Kirksville adopts new weather alert system.
  • John Brunner airs first critical TV ad in Missouri GOP Senator bid.
  • Former MU student sentenced to probation, community service in racial slur incident.

U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner has launched the first critical TV ad in Missouri's Republican Senate primary.

Newscast for May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is in Missouri hoping to help a man with a similar background score a similar victory.

Johnson was attending a fundraiser and campaign event Wednesday for John Brunner, one of three prominent Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill in November.

A Brunner spokesman said the campaign hopes to raise $50,000 from the fundraiser in suburban St. Louis.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is wading into Missouri's Republican Senate primary by endorsing St. Louis businessman John Brunner.

Two of the three Republican candidates running to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in November squared off Tuesday in the first of what is sure to be several debates before the primary election.