Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says she will run for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
Carnahan, a Democrat, is the first candidate of either party to officially enter the race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced last month that he will not seek re-election.
She announced her candidacy today on her Web site.
Carnahan comes from a prominent political family. Her father, Mel Carnahan, was a two-term Missouri governor who died in a plane crash in October 2000 while campaigning for Senate. He won anyway, and her mother, Jean Carnahan, was appointed to the Senate seat but lost it two years later.
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Carnahan's brother is St. Louis area Congressman Russ Carnahan.