Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon, will not be running for state auditor next year.
Davis, a term-limited representative who established a "statewide" campaign finance committee, said in a press release she is endorsing House Budget Chairman Allen Icet's bid for auditor. She also used the release to criticize GOP candidate Thomas Schweich, Icet's main rival in the auditor contest.
“I plan on being a candidate in 2010, but not for Missouri State Auditor,” Davis said in a statement. "Allen is the best candidate Missourians could ask for in a State Auditor. Not only is Allen a proven fiscal conservative, but he is the only candidate who has experience in balancing a state budget."
I'm not sure how Davis would have fared in either a GOP primary or a general election cycle, especially given her penchant for making controversial statements. But there's a common political theory out there about how a female candidate can have an advantage in a three or four-way primary. That's one of the theories some have made about how Sandra Thomas won the 2006 GOP auditor primary.
Of course, that aforementioned theory didn't help Danie Moore win last year's Republican primary for the U.S. Ninth District House seat. And Clint Zweifel prevailed in a contested Democratic primary for state treasurer that also featured a female candidate. So, the theory is not bulletproof.