By Ballotpedia’s State executive team: Greg Janetka, Lauren Rodgers and Maresa Strano
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: Candidates interested in of the Show Me state’s five executive offices up for election in 2012 had until yesterday to file with the Missouri Secretary of State. The filing deadline has been extended for the office of governor, due to candidate withdrawals, but the remainder of the candidate line-ups are set in the races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state andtreasurer.
As of Tuesday’s initial filing deadline, a total of 29 candidates are running for a state executive office in Missouri. This number may increase slightly due to the extension to file for governor, but it’s not likely to drop. Four of the five incumbent state executive officials are seeking re-election; Robin Carnahan, the current secretary of state, is retiring from office. Third party candidates are making a strong showing this year. The Libertarian Party has a candidate in each of the five races and the Constitution Party has candidates in the elections for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state.
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