Outgoing Missouri Democratic governor cautions shift to left

     (AP) – Outgoing Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is

warning the Democratic Party against veering to the left after the party’s

defeats in this year’s elections.

     Nixon told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the party needs to include

those with more centrist values.

     Nixon says identity politics can lead to exclusion and says it’s wrong not to

welcome those who enjoy sporting activities including shooting, hunting and


     Democrats faced widespread losses in last month’s elections, when Republican

President-elect Donald Trump beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Republicans also will take control of the governor’s mansion when Nixon leaves

office in January. He was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

     Nixon suggested he and other current and former Democratic leaders might join

forces to advocate for ways to broaden the party.


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