Missouri Republican governor's race tops primary contests

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Monday, August 01 2016 Aug 1, 2016 Monday, August 01, 2016 11:04:13 AM CDT August 01, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's most competitive Republican governor's primary race in two decades is coming to a close Tuesday.

Missouri voters will choose from among four well-funded candidates in the GOP governor's primary. Democrats also will select their gubernatorial nominee to replace term-limited Gov. Jay Nixon.

Primary voters will pick a full slate of candidates for Missouri's statewide executive offices, the U.S. Senate and House, the state Legislature and numerous local offices.

Election officials are predicting a voter turnout of 31 percent.

Republican gubernatorial candidates John Brunner, Eric Greitens, Catherine Hanaway and Peter Kinder had together already spent more than $22 million as of about two weeks before the election.

Not since 1992 has there been a Republican governor's primary as hotly contested with as many candidates.

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