Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sights Set on Nov. 6 Vote; State Candidates Aim to Refresh Coffers, Refine Campaigns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sights Set on Nov. 6 Vote; State Candidates Aim to Refresh Coffers, Refine Campaigns

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JEFFERSON CITY - Visitors to Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence's campaign website are greeted with an "On to November" banner and a plea: "Support a proven jobs creator with a contribution of $10, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford."

Viewers have to scroll past the credit card and billing information before they get to Spence's policy platform and biographical details. On Twitter Wednesday, Spence asked followers to "Please consider donating $5 to the cause!"

In the wake of Missouri's primaries Tuesday, candidates for statewide offices were regrouping and preparing for the Nov. 6 general election.

In Spence's case, that meant looking for resources as he tries to tackle incumbent Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat who has been elected to statewide office since 1993.

Spence, who has never held public office, has used $4 million of his own money to finance his campaign. On Wednesday, the Republican Governors Association gave $1.5 million to a Missouri political action committee backing Spence.

Nixon, who received backing from the Democratic Governors Association, had more than $7 million in the bank at the end of July, the most recent figures available.

Spence, who won the GOP nomination with nearly 60 percent of the vote, had $244,993.

During an Election Night event at the University Plaza in Springfield, Nixon, who has distanced himself from the rancorous politics of Washington, pushed his independent record and criticized the more partisan nature of politics elsewhere.

"Here in Missouri, we're tackling our challenges head-on. We're bringing people together," he said.

Among the headlines on his campaign website: "Sportsmen for Nixon," "Missouri Values" and "Cutting taxes for small business owners."

Spence faced opposition in the primary, but he has focused much of his campaign on Nixon. Still, Spence said he was "thrilled" with the primary win. "It really shows that our message is resonating across the state," he said. "There's no book written on how to do this, I'm just working as hard as I can."

In the lieutenant governor's race, Republican incumbent Peter Kinder spent more than $1 million against state Sen. …

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