Blunt is the first governor of Missouri to make a self-denying decision with respect to a second term since the Constitution was changed to allow governors to run for two terms.
-Our polls show that this was a winnable race for Blunt if he had decided to seek a second term. Blunt and Jay Nixon were both under 50 percent and separated by only a few points. This past October, national pollster Scott Rasmussen released a poll showing Blunt ahead 44-43.
-Polls also show when Missourians know what has been accomplished in recent years they support the Governor and the actions of Republicans in the General Assembly.
-Blunt's fundraising consistently outpaced that of Nixon, and Nixon has spent considerable time and financial resources running against the wrong opponent.
-The donor pool will be essentially untapped for our Republican candidate.
-Some will argue nine months is not enough time for an election, but the entry of a fresh candidate is helpful to Republicans. Claire McCaskill decided to challenge Bob Holden on October 20, 2003 and defeated him just over 9 months later on August 3, 2004.
-Announcing the decision now prevented months of Republican infighting.
-Without the distraction of an election, Blunt's new role enables him to be an even more effective communicator for change as he can now engage in a direct policy debate with Nixon and other liberal Democrats who favor the old way of taxing and spending.
-Blunt is now able to be a selfless fundraiser for Republican candidates and the Missouri Republican Party.
Can the Nobel Peace Prize also be in Matt Blunt's future?