Democrat Bryan Greaser may have been the favorite to become the next prosecutor. But the Cape Girardeau lawyer also understood any advantage under Gov. Jay Nixon would vanish when the decision switched to voters in GOP-heavy Cape Girardeau County in two years. He left the race Saturday. Nixon will appoint a prosecutor to fill the two years left in former Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle's term until the 2014 election. Swingle has accepted a position as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office. Greaser became the second lawyer to drop out in the same number of days. Allen Moss, citing professional and political concerns, did so last week. Greaser's exit leaves the field devoid of Democrats for a governor who has picked only Democrats when given the opportunity. Those who remain include private practice lawyer Chris Limbaugh and assistant prosecutor Frank Miller, both Republicans.
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