Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 10, 2013, 3:07pm

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he intends to run for governor in 2016.

Koster confirmed his plans to reporters Tuesday. He did not make a formal announcement.

"We are making the necessary preparations and building consensus around the state toward that end," Koster said, answering a question from The Associated Press.

A spokeswoman for the Republican-turned-Democrat told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Koster would not comment further on his decision to run.

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, was elected in 2008. He will be forced out of office in 2016 because of state term limits. He served as attorney general before Koster.

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