UPDATE: Gov. Nixon confirms he will seek re-election

Thursday, December 16, 2010 | 7:18 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he will run for re-election in 2012.

Asked Thursday whether he will seek re-election, Nixon told The Associated Press: "Yeah."

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

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 was careful not to ever definitively say he would run again.

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

Reacting to the news, 24th District Representative Chris Kelly said, "I am delighted to hear that he's running again."

Kelly said the most important job for any governor is balancing the budget.

"He has done that successfully in the two hardest years since the Great Depression," Kelly said.

Kelly said he thought balancing the budget was the governor's greatest accomplishment in his first two years. Kelly said Nixon was "primarily nonpolitical" when it came to the budget.

Along with his commendation of Nixon's budgeting acumen, Kelly said he and the governor differ on some important issues, including higher education funding for MU.

Kelly said he understands that many of the cuts were necessary but hopes "(Nixon's) attitude toward the university improves."

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

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Polly Brown December 16, 2010 | 10:35 p.m.

Oh, dear! Do politicians never take time to "serve". They always seem to be campaigning and fund raising.

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