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Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore says he will make an announcement Thursday about whether or not he will toss his hat into the ring for a Congressional run in 20-10.

Since Congressman Roy Blunt's announcement that he will run for Kit Bond's Senate seat the race for Blunt's 7th Congressional District seat has become crowded with Republican contenders.

Auctioneer Billy Long is the front runner in the money race so far, but the race for Washington is still in it's infancy.

Long, State Senator Jack Goodman and college professor Jeff Wisdom have already officially announced their candidacies for the seat, and it is expected that Nixa alderman Kevin Elmer will enter the race as well.

Convoy of Hope president Hal Donaldson has formed an exploratory committee...and then there are the rumored candidates, State Sen. Gary Nodler and Jasper County GOP chair John Putnam.

Moore, who's served as Greene County's prosecutor since 1998, has name recognition in southwest Missouri, but is that enough to get him to the statewide primary?

An anonymous GOP source told KY3 political reporter, David Catanese, that Moore is already working on getting a political operation underway in Joplin.

Moore said he's examining the issues that are important to him should he decide to run and evaluating where is he is at this stage of his life and what his priorities are.

Moore said he will not give up Greene County's top cop position if he does run for Blunt's seat and is reflecting about what issues would sway him to run again for Greene County prosecutor.