Missouri Governor: Blunt Not Seeking Reelection

January 22, 2008 · 3:11 PM EST

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) is expected to announce that he will not seek reelection to a second term, according to Republican sources.

Blunt was in the midst of an extremely competitive race with state Attorney General Jay Nixon (D). Because of his low job approval numbers, the governor’s decision may not make the seat any more vulnerable for the GOP. But it does send Republicans scrambling for a candidate with less than a year before the election.