Mo. Treasurer Zweifel won’t run for governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY’-ful) is ruling out a run for governor in 2016.

Zweifel, a Democrat, is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term as treasurer. He had been mentioned along with Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster as a potential successor to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

But Zweifel campaign manager Mike Pridmore said Monday that Zweifel will not run for governor in 2016. He cited Zweifel’s desire to spend time with his teenage daughters as the primary reason to forgo a gubernatorial campaign.

Pridmore said Zweifel also wanted to avoid a potentially divisive party primary.

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