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Yeah, it’s called the Governor’s Ham Breakfast, but the one we’ve got currently is such a lame duck that the name of the meal doesn’t exactly go with his title…

The parking area near the Director’s Tent, site of the breakfast, is surrounded by a forest of candidate yard signs.

Starting at 7:00 this morning on the grounds of the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia campaigns lined the path to the ham breakfast entry gate with volunteers who held candidate signs and offered campaign stickers in a long and colorful gauntlet which attendees passed through to get to the breakfast.

State Representative Paul LeVota (D) (right), House Minority Leader.

Before the breakfast candidates greet supporters, each other, their opponents, and their opponent’s supporters in one giant schmooze fest outside the tent (and later, inside)- all with the media watching, listening, and photographing.  

Congressman Kenny Huslshof (r) (left), the republican nominee for governor, and Congressman Ike Skelton (D) (center).

State Representative Judy Baker (D), the Democratic Party nominee in the 9th Congressional District.

Campaign videographers (also known as “trackers”) filming everyone and everything.

Judy Baker and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) (center) and Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee (D) (right) at the ham breakfast entry gate.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon (D), the Democratic Party nominee for governor.

Senator Claire McCaskill gives a radio interview.

State Representative Margaret Donnelly, a Democratic Party candidate for Attorney General.

State Senator Chris Koster (D) (center), the Democratic Party nominee for Attorney General, and Judy Baker.

Claire McCaskill and Chris Koster.

Claire McCaskill and Judy Baker.

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt (r) gives a radio interview.