Missouri Lieutenant Governor Candidate Mike Carter Renders Lager Hopeless
. . . the numbers indicate that Brad Lager's hopes of eking away at Kinder's lead are an exercise in futility as long as Mike Carter maintains or improves his position in the polls. Carter has a strong Ron-Paul following that continues to grow . . .
Right now, the GOP is represented in the race by incumbent Peter Kinder (http://www.TeamKinder.com), and three other candidates, Brad Lager (http://www.BradLager.com), Mike Carter (http://www.MikeCarter.com), and Charles Kullmann. Polling in January showed that Kinder had a strong lead against the others, with Lager coming in as a distant second; Mike Carter close behind.
Unless he hopes to yet again endeavor on a losing effort to attain statewide name recognition (Lager lost his 2008 Treasurer campaign to superior candidate Clint Zweifel), the numbers indicate that Brad Lager's hopes of eking away at Kinder's lead are an exercise in futility as long as Carter maintains or improves his position in the polls. Carter has a strong Ron-Paul following that continues to grow -- ensuring Carter's firm grasp on those undecided voters that well-funded Lager so badly needs.
Oddly, given that "Lt. Governor" serves as the prima facie "down-ballot"
Brad Lager's campaign finance report filed earlier this month showed an impressive cash-on-hand budget of over $1.1 million due in large part to contributions from an unusually low number of supporters. Mike Carter has publicly announced that he has no intention of accepting donations for the August GOP primary and hopes to keep campaign expenses to a bare minimum. Regardless, Lager has no hopes of winning as long as Carter remains in the race. Some say that Lager could raise 50 million dollars and have no significant impact -- especially with so few monetary supporters.
Carter's most powerful ally is the fact that he doesn't care if he wins. Recently Carter conferred with his co-candidate, 90-year-old Charles Kullman, about criss-crossing the state together to conserve resources. It appears Kullman is in a powerful position too because he cares not if he wins.
Carter is an Independent-
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