JEFFERSON CITY — Polls closed in Missouri Tuesday with the end result of a tough fought race for governor hanging within the steadiness.
Early returns confirmed Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway with 54% of the vote with 11% reporting. Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who had collected 44.6% of the vote, was handily profitable the Republican-leaning rural areas he has courted all through the marketing campaign.
In a state that went for President Donald Trump by 19 factors in 2016, Galloway is hoping sturdy turnout in Democratic strongholds can push her forward. In St. Louis, for instance, metropolis voters have been supporting her 69% to 29%, based on incomplete, unofficial returns.
Galloway, 38, of Columbia, spent the morning of election day in St. Louis, the place she visited the polling place at Mullanphy ILC Elementary College, 4221 Shaw Boulevard, with metropolis Treasurer Tishaura Jones. She headed to Keeven Elementary College, 11230 Previous Halls Ferry Street, and made a number of different St. Louis-area stops earlier than trekking again to Columbia for an election night time reception on the downtown Tiger Lodge.
Parson, 65, of Bolivar, made no public appearances Tuesday; his election night time reception was in Springfield.
On Monday, he and many of the statewide GOP ticket — Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Lawyer Normal Eric Schmitt and Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick — launched into a six-stop tour to get out the vote.
Jean Evans, govt director of the Missouri GOP, stated the state occasion organized the tour on a personal twin-jet airplane. Candidates took off in Jefferson Metropolis, then flew to St. Joseph, Kirksville, Hannibal, Cape Girardeau and Cassville. The occasion organized the tour by a Chesterfield-based constitution firm, American Air Constitution Inc.