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Potential GOP Candidate for Missouri Governor Visits Capitol

Mar 18, 2015

Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

A potential Republican candidate for governor in 2016 is making the rounds in Missouri.

Eric Greitens shook hands and visited state lawmakers Tuesday in the Capitol before speaking at a Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation fundraiser later in the day.

The 40-year-old Greitens has not yet announced whether he plans to run for governor. The Navy SEAL says he's speaking with farmers, business owners and other residents as he weighs his options.

So far Greitens has raised about $390,000 through an exploratory committee. That money could be used for a campaign if he officially decides to run for governor.

Greitens is behind in fundraising compared to former House speaker and U.S. attorney Catherine Hanaway, who he'd face in a Republican primary battle.

Hanaway so far has raised more than $1.1 million.