gubernatorial race 2016

Candidates Make Final Push Day Before Election

Nov 7, 2016

  Candidates for statewide office in Missouri are crisscrossing the state, taking nothing for granted in what is shaping up to be a nail-biter in the races for governor and U.S. Senate.

Polls show that heading into the election on Tuesday, Democrat Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens are in a virtual tie in their bid for governor. The same is true in the Senate race, where incumbent Republican Roy Blunt is trying to hold off a spirited challenge from Democrat Jason Kander.

Race for Missouri governor draws national party donors

Oct 31, 2016
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

The Democratic and Republican governors associations are dumping money into the Missouri race for governor in the final days leading up to the election.

Campaign finance reports show the Republican Governors Association gave GOP newcomer Eric Greitens $1.5 million on Friday.

That's on top of $2 million the group gave Greitens earlier last week. Greitens is a former Navy SEAL officer and first-time candidate.

The Democratic Governors Association on Thursday gave Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster $700,000. Koster is the state's attorney general.

Dave Ingraham / Flickr

Most of the millions of dollars raised in the Missouri governor's race would be banned under proposed campaign contribution limits.

A measure on the Nov. 8 ballot would limit donations to candidates to $2,600 per election.

An Associated Press analysis found close to $16.5 million of Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' fundraising, or about 95 percent, was in donations of more than $2,600.

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Missouri Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Education Funding

Oct 3, 2016
Attorney General's Office

The Associated Press asked Missouri's gubernatorial candidates about education funding in advance of the Nov. 8 election. 

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster said he'll fully fund the state's foundation formula "as quickly as possible."

Republican former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens said the focus should be on results in the classroom, not necessarily more money.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Attorney General Chris Koster has scored a major endorsement, becoming the first Democratic statewide candidate to win the backing of the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Members of the Farm Bureau's political action committee voted to endorse Koster's gubernatorial campaign Friday after also listening to a presentation from Republican nominee Eric Greitens.

Koster and Greitens both won primaries earlier this week. The Farm Bureau event has become a traditional kick-off for the general election campaign. But until Koster, the group had never backed a statewide Democratic candidate.

Brunner campaign

  Missouri Republican candidate John Brunner said he wants to be the first businessman elected governor in 80 years.

The former chairman and CEO of personal care product company Vi-Jon Inc. told The Associated Press his business experience qualifies him to run the state.

If elected, Brunner said he'll support right to work and recruit businesses to come to the state.

Brunner has never held elected office before. He lost to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in a three-way GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

(Will be updated as campaign-finance reports are filed)

Republican Eric Greitens, an author and former Navy SEAL, appears to have bested his rivals for governor in both parties with his latest fundraising numbers.

Greitens’ latest campaign report, filed Friday, showed that he has raised $1.5 million since Oct. 1. That puts him slightly ahead of the $1.4 million reported by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat and the longstanding fiscal frontrunner in the crowded battle to succeed outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon.

Mike Parson, R-Bolivar / Missouri State Senate Website

  Missouri's crowded Republican primary for governor is losing a candidate.

State Senator Mike Parson announced Saturday that he is dropping out of the governor's race and instead will run for lieutenant governor in 2016.

The switch comes just three months after Parson declared his candidacy.

Parson told The Associated Press he feared his message would have gotten lost in what was shaping up to be a seven-way Republican primary for governor.