The A.P. lead at 9 p.m. tonight reads: Gov. Matt Blunt abruptly announced Tuesday that he will not seek a second term, leaving Republicans without a candidate in a race the incumbent had stockpiled millions of dollars for.
The piece also notes Speaker of the House Rod Jetton and and former State Rep. Jack Jackson as possible candidates.
It appears though, that Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is the first one and only one so far to dive in head first, saying he will be announcing his plans to run for Governor in the coming weeks.