Raleigh, N.C. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon leads a largely unknown Republican field for Governor by big margins, a new poll from Public Policy Polling finds. Nixon leads both announced candidates, businessman Dave Spence by 20 points (47-27), and consultant Bill Randles by 18 points (47-29), and leads potential candidate State Auditor Tom Schweich by 18 also (48-30).
Voters have almost no impression of any of three potential challengers. Bill Randles is unknown by 76% of the electorate, while 9% view him favorably and 16% unfavorably. Dave Spence is unknown by 79% of voters and, with 6% holding a favorable view and 15% unfavorable. And Tom Schweich, the only current office holder of the challengers we tested, is unknown to 72% of voters with a 12% favorability rating and 16% unfavorable.