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Nicole Galloway Concedes Gubernatorial Race At Shared Columbia Watch Party

Trevor Hook
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nicole Galloway concedes the race at the Tiger Hotel in Columbia.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nicole Galloway was defeated by Republican incumbent Mike Parson in the general election Tuesday.

Galloway made the Coronavirus pandemic a focus of her campaign, arguing that Parson has not done enough to address the virus. She supported a statewide mask mandate, something Parson has repeatedly opposed.

Galloway’s watch party at the Tiger Hotel in Columbia was only open to the press and the candidate’s friends and family.

Galloway addressed her supporters directly during a concession speech Tuesday night. “My goal was to run a campaign that would make you proud,” Galloway said. “To run a campaign that was accessible and responsive; a campaign you could see yourself in,” she continued, “and I believe that we did just that.”

The current Missouri state auditor, and only Democrat holding statewide office, Galloway lost the race by double digits. She will continue to serve as auditor for the next two years.

Democratic candidate for secretary of state Yinka Faleti also spoke at the watch party, conceding that race to Republican incumbent Jay Ashcroft. Faleti spoke after Galloway conceded her bid for the governorship. Faleti thanked family, friends and supporters for helping his run for office happen.

He said that change will happen in Missouri politics in the future. “For nearly 200 years, this state has never elected a woman, governor. In nearly 200 years, a person of my hue or any person of color has never been elected to a statewide office,” Faleti said.

Faleti said falling short in the bid for Missouri Secretary of State is not the end of the journey, but a pause on the fight for an inclusive and equitable Missouri.

Trevor Hook is a reporter, producer and morning anchor for KBIA 91.3 born and raised in New Franklin, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri with both a Master's degree in Audio Journalism in 2020 and a Bachelor's degree in Convergence Journalism in 2018.