ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The size of the Republican field of candidates running for Governor of the state of Missouri is changing by the day.
On Friday, former State Representative Randy Asbury used a Facebook post to announce he was suspending his bid, writing in part:
The past few months have been a wonderful experience for me and my family. We have met so many wonderful people, made great friends and seen the beauty of Missouri as never before. We have no regrets but must bring the campaign to its end.
The post did not indicate specific reason for his departure from the race, but Asbury faced an uphill battle against opponents with more financial backing and statewide name recognition.
Also on Friday, St. Louis businessman John Brunner announced that in early October he will make an announcement regarding his future, with all signs pointing to his official entrance into the GOP field.
— John Brunner (@JohnBrunnerMO) September 25, 2015
Brunner first ran for office in the crowded GOP primary field for the U.S. Senate in 2012 and was defeated by then U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.
On Saturday, Eric Greitens, the former Navy SEAL, author and founder of The Mission Continues is formally launching his gubernatorial bid at an event at Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights.
Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, and State Senator Bob Dixon are the other declared candidates in the primary.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is the only declared Democrat in the race.