Final tally shows gubernatorial primary most expensive on record

The final finance reports for Missouri’s Aug. 2 primary show the four Republican gubernatorial candidates spent a combined total of $27.1 million – a record in Missouri for a statewide primary contest.

The final spending, with victor Eric Greitens leading the pack, almost mirrored the candidates’ election finish.

Runner-up John Brunner, a St. Louis businessman who self-funded most of his campaign, spent $8.2 million. Former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway spent $6.2 million, most of it from one donor, financier Rex Sinquefield. She came in last in the balloting.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who barely edged out Hanaway to come in third,  spent the least: $2.7 million.

Greitens, an author and former Navy SEAL, now faces the Democratic nominee, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Greitens reported $3.2 million still in the bank, as of Aug. 27. Koster still has $9.4 million in the bank.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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