BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – While the presidential election is the biggest race of the night, Missouri voters have several other key decisions to make. One of those tightly contested polls is the race for governor.
In the past two presidential elections, Missouri voters have chosen the Republican nominee, while at the same time electing a Democrat to the governor’s mansion. It would not be a surprise if we see ticket splitting across the state today as well.
Recent polls show both the U.S. Senate and the governor's races as neck and neck, while Republican Donald Trump was leading in the presidential contest.
Four years ago, GOP businessman Dave Spence lost to incumbent Governor Jay Nixon. Once again, we have an outsider running in the form of Republican Eric Greitens, who is touting that label as an advantage, arguing the time has come for a fresh approach in Jefferson City.
Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has the advantage of running twice statewide. He’s touted his governmental experience as a major asset, warning the governor's office is not for beginners.
What is different about the race is that the office is open.
Turning out voters when the races are tight can have a major impact on the results. Pundits will be looking to see if an outsider like Trump provides coattails for other Republicans like Greitens or other down-ballot nominees, such as Missouri Secretary of State hopeful Jay Ashcroft and state treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt.