Gov. Nixon confirms he will seek re-election

Gov. Jay Nixon says he will run for re-election in 2012.

Nixon’s campaign says the Democratic governor has raised about $1 million since the Nov. 2 elections.

Asked Thursday whether he will seek re-election, Nixon told The Associated Press: “Yea.”

Former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt also had been raising money for a potential re-election bid in 2008 before shocking supporters by announcing that he would not run again. Blunt had been careful not to ever definitively say he would run again.

Nixon says he is committed to running for a second four-year term.

He has no official challengers yet, but Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is expected to enter the race.

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