Blunt’s surprise exit not Missouri politics’ first

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 | 10:17 p.m. CST; updated 4:12 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt’s decision to stay out of this year’s gubernatorial race is in no way unprecedented. More than five statewide-elected officials in the past 35 years surprised their party and constituents by abruptly quitting Missouri politics.