Gov. Matt Blunt won't run for re-election

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 | 4:40 p.m. CST; updated 9:18 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Gov. Matt Blunt’s announcement Tuesday evening that he will not seek re-election this year stunned political scientists and legislators in both parties and spawned a storm of speculation about which Republican might step up to run for the state’s top government post.