(KTVI) - Tuesday’s Missouri primary votes had barely been counted when the nominees for governor launched their general election campaigns.
Democrat candidate Chris Koster, who had nominal opposition in his primary race, took his candidacy to Harrisonville Wednesday where he first held elected office as the Cass County prosecutor. At that time he was a Republican. Koster switched parties before running for Missouri Attorney General in 2008. He said the GOP rejection of stem cell research prompted him to take a look at the party of his youth.
Now he is promoting himself as just as fiscally conservative as many Republicans while also being what he calls “socially tolerant.”
Republican nominee Eric Greitens made no public appearances Wednesday. He had just completed an intense primary race with three other candidates. Millions of dollars worth of outside attack ads flooded the airwaves across the state. However, the defeated candidates, John Brunner, Catherine Hanaway and Peter Kinder have promised to support Greitens. All four are expected to attend a Republican planning session Thursday.