Three Republican gubernatorial candidates visit Columbia

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COLUMBIA - Three of the four Republican candidates for Missouri governor made a last-minute stop at Columbia Regional Airport Monday ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Eric Greitens, former chairman and CEO of The Mission Continues, was the first to speak. Greitens said he was proud to visit Columbia first before stopping in nine different cities. 

"The reason we came to you is because this is where we started, this is how we are winning. We went to our grassroots volunteers, who have been standing up and joining us all over the state. We are in a fantastic place guys, the momentum is with our campaign," Greitens said.  

Cathrine Hanaway, former United States attorney, said she wanted to come to Columbia because the city is very invested in the election. 

"Your viewers are more informed and more interested in what happens in our State Capitol than any in the state," Hanaway said. 

In terms of the University of Missouri, she said she wants the people of Columbia to know she is ready to make changes. 

"How different my leadership will be in terms of appointing curators to the University of Missouri and getting it back on track," Hanaway said.

John Brunner, former military officer and businessman, will also stop at the Columbia airport Monday at 5 pm. 

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder was the only Republican candidate for governor who did not speak in Columbia Monday, he was in Cape Girardeau all day.