JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has fended off a robust challenge to win a combative Republican primary.
Unofficial returns showed Kinder edging state Sen. Brad Lager in Tuesday's four-candidate race. Kinder will face former state auditor Susan Montee, winner of an eight-way Democratic primary, in November's general election.
Kinder and Lager traded numerous barbs in an unusually hard-fought primary battle for lieutenant governor.
Kinder had been widely expected to run this year for governor, but ultimately decided to pursue a rare third term as lieutenant governor.
Just one other Missourian has won the office three times. Democrat Frank Gaines Harris started his service as lieutenant governor in 1933.
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