Who succeeds Tom Schweich as state auditor?

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri law says Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon will have to appoint a new state auditor after the death of Auditor Tom Schweich.

Police say Schweich died Thursday from an apparent suicide.

State law says the governor shall immediately appoint a new auditor when a vacancy occurs to fill the office for the rest of the term until a new auditor is elected.

Schweich was re-elected to a second four-year term in November and announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in January.

A spokesman for Nixon’s office said no one has been appointed and declined to comment further.

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