Spence traveling in RV for Mo. gubernatorial race

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 ~ Updated 12:05 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is traveling around Missouri in a recreational vehicle bearing a large image of his face.

Spence, who stepped down recently from the plastics packaging company he ran, already has contributed about $2 million to his campaign.

It's not unusual for candidates to use campaign funds to travel in RVs or buses. But Spence said he used his own money to purchase the RV, as well as a sports utility vehicle in which he has been campaigning.

Spence is making his first bid for public office and is one of two Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in this year's elections. The other candidate is former Kansas City attorney Bill Randles.

The back of Spence's red-white-and-blue RV declares: "HONK for more MISSOURI JOBS."

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