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Kinder to tour Missouri before deciding on governor's race

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder plans to meet with residents across Missouri before deciding whether to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in next year's elections.

Although he has not officially declared his candidacy, Kinder has been preparing for months to run for governor.

But his potential campaign was dealt a setback earlier this month when Kinder acknowledged that he had repeatedly visited a strip club 17 years ago. At least one Republican lawmaker and a major financial donor have called on Kinder to forgo a gubernatorial bid.

In an email Monday to supporters, Kinder recounted his accomplishments and said he will meet with conservatives, grassroots activists and voters before making a final decision. 

Kinder, a Cape Girardeau native, says he will not run if he believes he cannot win.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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