A lawsuit before the Missouri Supreme Court questions whether Governor Carnahan is allowed to serve a second term. Kimberly Lohman reports from the state capitol.
The Missouri constitution limits the number of times a person can be elected governor or treasurer. Ruth Redel, a democratic challenger to Carnahan, says the governor can't run again, because he's already served one term as governor and one term as treasurer. Democratic attorney Gene Bushmann disagrees.
There is a precedent for both claims ... in 1890, Booneville's Lawrence "Lon" Stevens was appointed treasurer, won his next two bids for treasurer and governor, but was prohibited from a second gubernatorial run. By the 1960's, term limits on these two offices were relaxed, allowing a person to serve two terms as governor, as well as two terms as treasurer.
From Jefferson City, I'm Kimberly Lohman.