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Roy Temple re-elected as Missouri Democratic Party chairman

Missouri Democrats on Saturday re-elected long-time Missouri political operative Roy Temple to another term as state chair.

Temple, a former chief of staff to Gov. Mel Carnahan, will lead the party as it attempts to hang onto the governor’s office in 2016 with likely nominee Chris Koster, the two-term attorney general.

Democrats have held the governor’s office for all but four years since 1993.

“I look forward to continuing to fight for Missouri’s working families in this capacity,” Temple said in a statement following the state committee vote in Jefferson City.

The statement included endorsements from Gov. Jay Nixon, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Koster, Secretary of State Jason Kander and state Treasurer Clint Zweifel.

Kander is considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2016 against incumbent Republican Roy Blunt.

Said Koster: “Roy has proven his commitment to building a stronger party through enhanced operations and candidate recruitment. Roy has the strategic vision we need as we continue to grow our party.”

The strong showing for Temple came despite a lackluster 2014 election cycle for Statehouse Democrats, who lost seats to the majority-party Republicans.

Some Democrats have said Temple’s leadership since his 2013 election has surprised them. As a founder of the one-time Democratic website Fired Up Missouri!, Temple was known for his frequent and caustic attacks on Republicans.

But as chair, he’s been largely silent.

Insiders will be watching to see whether that continues as Nixon winds down his governorship and Koster launches his campaign.

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