Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Koster for governor, Hawley for attorney general

For the first time ever, Missouri Farm Bureau members have endorsed a Democrat for statewide office.

Gathered at Farm Bureau headquarters in Jefferson City, the group chose gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster over Republican nominee Eric Greitens with 76 percent of the vote, well over the two-thirds needed. The endorsement was based largely on Koster’s record on agriculture during both his time as attorney general and as state senator.

Koster suggested that his backing of the right-to-farm constitutional amendment and Farm Bureau voting record helped win a close contest.

Greitens also spoke to Farm Bureau members before the endorsement vote. He admitted that he had little agricultural experience.

The Republican nominee for attorney general, Josh Hawley, also received 97 percent of Farm Bureau members’ votes for endorsement. Democrat Teresa Hensley, who on late Thursday night backed out of the event, received just 3 percent.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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