The Missouri governor race, between the state's Democratic attorney general Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, took center stage in the state on Tuesday. In an election year defined in some ways by hostility toward the "establishment," Greitens' supporters hope his outsider status will propel him to the governor's seat.
"In the history of Missouri's major-party gubernatorial nominees, Greitens, 42, has among the least political experience — none, basically — while touting what might be the widest-ranging résumé outside of politics," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Koster was ahead in the polls throughout his campaign, according to RealClearPolitics, but his lead tightened in the weeks leading up to the election. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll released Oct. 30 showed Koster up by just 1 percentage point.
Greitens centered his campaign on being a political outsider and frequently attacked his opponent over the government's handling of the 2014 police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent protests and riots. "We saw how due to their lack of leadership, Ferguson spun out of control," Greitens told Reuters in July.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who served as governor for eight years, is stepping down due to term limits.
This story will be updated with the election results.