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Holsman looks at lieutenant governor, then walks away

Missouri state Sen. Jason Holsman said Monday that he recently took a look at running for lieutenant governor in 2016, but has backed away from the race — for now.

The Kansas City Democrat said running against three-term incumbent Republican Peter Kinder would be difficult, given Kinder’s track record of winning even in difficult years for Republicans.

“There’s no reason to give up a state Senate seat to run against Peter Kinder,” Holsman said.

For now, Holsman said he’s planning on seeking a second term in the state Senate seat in 2016. But he also noted that if the political picture changes, he could switch gears.

“Two years from now is a political eternity,” the 38 year old said.

A more likely date for a statewide campaign is 2020, he said.