The election is still more than two and a half years away, but Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder told college students he will run against Jay Nixon for governor in 2012.
Former KY3 political reporter Dave Catanese, now with Politico, broke the news this evening:
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder told a gathering of college Republicans in Washington Friday that he plans on running for governor in 2012, according to two separate sources who heard the comments.
The announcement by the two-term Republican isn't itself surprising, but Missouri Republicans told POLITICO it was the first time they had heard Kinder address his plans so specifically in a public setting.
"I will be running for governor in two years," Kinder said, according to two Republicans who attended the luncheon at Jack's Restaurant in Dupont Circle.