Common thought about the Missouri Attorney General's race was that Margaret Donnelly would pick up St. Louis - then Chris Koster got the endorsement of the prosecutor. Common thought was that Koster would get all the unions - then Jeff Harris started picking off some of the large state-wide unions like the IBEW. Common thought was that KC folks would sit this one out - then Donnelly picked up the endorsement of Rep. Beth Low and others.
Common thought was that Koster would get the rural voters - then there was this press release from the Harris campaign:
Columbia – Continuing his strong show of support throughout Missouri, former Missouri House Democratic Leader and Democratic candidate for Attorney General Jeff Harris announced that he has received the endorsement of Greene County Presiding Commissioner Dave Coonrod and Representative Charlie Norr from Springfield.
“Jeff Harris’ strong record as a leader in the House and his ability to appeal to all Missourians, not just those in major metro areas, make him the right choice for Attorney General,” said Coonrod, the top executive official in Greene County. “Missourians know what they’re getting with a candidate like Jeff Harris, and we know we can trust him to focus on the issues that matter most to Missouri families.” “Jeff Harris has the experience and the ability to run an Attorney General’s office that will work for all of us,” said Norr. “He is the only candidate who has worked directly with a Democratic Attorney General, and as a leader in the House he has fought tirelessly to address the issues that affect Missourians’ lives.”
“I am honored to have the support of Commissioner Coonrod and Representative Norr,” said Rep. Jeff Harris. “Their endorsements demonstrate the strength that my campaign is building across the state. To win in November, Democrats must nominate a candidate who can win in every corner of Missouri, not just in St. Louis or Kansas City.”
Presiding Commissioner Dave Coonrod is one of three members of the Greene County Commission. He was first elected as Associate Commissioner in 1988 and was elected Presiding Commissioner in 1994. Representative Charlie Norr was elected to the House in 2006. He is a retired fire captain with 20 years on the job, who previously served for four years in the United States Navy and two years in the Navy Reserve. Norr and Coonrod join numerous other Democrats who have endorsed Harris’ campaign for Attorney General, including former Governor Roger Wilson and Senate Democratic Leader Maida Coleman.
So much for common thought.