Government
3:13 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Nixon Wins Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Democrat Jay Nixon handily won his party's gubernatorial nomination Tuesday and starts his campaign with millions to spend.

With token opposition Nixon took 85 percent of the vote and had to spend around a million dollars to do it. He took the Uptown Theater microphone after U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill: "I don't know about you, but I like the idea of the next president of the United States Barack Obama, campaigning in Missouri with the next governor of the state of Missouri, Jay Nixon."

It set the tone for the start of the general election campaign. The greatest applause came when Nixon called for affordable college education "so that Missourians don't have to choose between bettering themselves and graduating with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, incentives for businesses that create good jobs for Missourians, helping small businesses grow and meet their potential, job training programs so that our workers are prepared to compete in a 21st century economy."

Nixon also vows to crack down on predatory lenders, be it mortgages or payday loans.