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Sen. Mike Parson is New Lieutenant Governor-elect

Nov 9, 2016

Credit Mike Parson, R-Bolivar / Missouri State Senate Website

Republican state Senator Mike Parson of Bolivar is Missouri's new Lieutenant Governor-elect.

He beat out former U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan with 55 percent of the vote to 39.9 percent last night.

Parson says the election came down to Christian and moral values and called for a prayer during his victory speech.

"I would like for all of us to have a moment of silence and prayer, however you communicate with the person upstairs," Parson said. "I said that right, yeah, see I'm inclusive."

Parson also says he hopes to "turn things around and give everybody equal opportunities."

The Army veteran previously served in the Missouri House and as Polk County's sheriff.