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Nixon mostly avoiding campaign trail

October 26, 2010

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio (2010-10-26)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon made a rare campaign appearance Monday for fellow Democrat Robin Carnahan at an event in Excelsior Springs, near Kansas City.

The governor has been mostly avoiding the campaign trail this year, which he suggests can also be a winning strategy. Nixon says he can best help Democrats running for office by doing his job as governor.

“What’s the old line? ‘Good government is good politics,'” Nixon said. “We’ve had a good last six months when it comes to job add(s), compared to the six months before…we’ve maintained our credit rating, (and) we’ve been very fiscally disciplined.”

And Nixon says those factors give Democratic candidates something to talk about with Missouri voters.

More than half of the state’s voters are expected to cast ballots next Tuesday.

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