Greitens has $1.1M for potential Missouri governor’s race

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Former Navy officer Eric Greitens says he has amassed more than $1.1 million as he prepares for a potential run for Missouri governor.

Greitens says his exploratory committee received nearly $792,000 in contributions during the past three months. He spent about $113,000 and had more than $1.1 million in his account when combined with previous contributions.

Greitens is a Republican and former Navy SEAL from St. Louis who founded The Mission Continues, a nonprofit group that helps veterans returning home from duty.

Republicans may have a crowded primary in 2016. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was announcing his gubernatorial candidacy Sunday, becoming the fourth declared GOP candidate.

Attorney General Chris Koster is the only Democrat in the race.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

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