The state GOP's executive director said that other possible Republican candidates are: Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who lost the 2008 gubernatorial primary; Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who is also eyeing the 2012 gubernatorial race against incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon; and Ann Wagner, who was the campaign manager for Sen.-elect Roy Blunt.
Talent was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992, serving for four terms. He lost the 2000 gubernatorial race by 49%-48%, but was then elected to the Senate in the 2002 special election, defeating incumbent Democrat Jean Carnahan (the widow of Mel Carnahan, who had posthumously won the 2000 Senate race, which then triggered Jean's appointment to the office). Talent then lost to McCaskill in the Democratic wave year of 2006, by a margin of 50%-47%.