Republican Eric Greitens has closed the gap in the race for Missouri governor, pulling into a statistical tie with Democrat Chris Koster less than two weeks from the Nov. 8 election, according to a new poll published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The poll shows Koster with a lead of 1 percentage point over Greitens — 46 to 45 — which is well within the poll’s 4-point margin for error.
The numbers represent a major surge for Greitens, a former Navy SEAL with no previous electoral experience who has been campaigning as a political outsider against Koster, Missouri’s attorney general.
The “outsider” theme is common this election season, says Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker, as Missouri Missouri voters appear poised to choose Republican political newcomer Josh Hawley as their next attorney general. Hawley holds a double-digit lead over Democrat Teresa Hensley, who formerly served as Cass County prosecutor.
As for ballot initiatives, Missouri voters appear poised to snuff out two proposed tobacco tax increases on this year’s general election ballot, according to polling. However, voters in the same poll showed strong support for two other questions: one would reinstate caps on campaign contributions, and the other would require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.
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