Missouri GOP in ‘full control’ following election sweep

With Republican candidates sweeping Missouri’s statewide races and maintaining the party’s grip on the legislature, analysts and others forecast that partisan powder keg issues including so-called right-to-work laws and anti-abortion rights will likely resurface.

Republicans won all five statewide races — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general. Both chambers in the Missouri legislature maintained a Republican super-majority.

Peverill Squire, an MU political science professor, said Republicans will have nearly free reign over what bills become law during the next state legislative session.

Squire said he thinks “right-to-work” laws, which would eliminate required union fees, will be a priority for Republicans in the next session. Greitens supported right-to-work during the campaign. It’s difficult to predict what other issues he will prioritize, Squire said, since Greitens has not outlined what issues he considers most important.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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