Chris Koster has spent the weeks since winning the Missouri Democratic nomination for governor racking up support from traditionally Republican groups.
The Missouri Farm Bureau made Koster the first Democrat to ever win its endorsement, which was quickly followed by a trio of rural Missouri farm groups and the Fraternal Order of Police. He’s also widely believed to be the frontrunner for the NRA’s endorsement.
Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, the Republican nominee, downplays the importance of these endorsements. Greitens’ campaign manager previously said the 2016 election has demonstrated that “endorsements don’t move voters like they used to.”
In a race that matches Koster, who until 2007 was a Republican, and Greitens, who briefly flirted with a run for Congress as a Democrat in 2010, many observers are left wondering if the rules that have long governed Missouri politics still apply.
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