SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In just a little over a week, Missourians will elect the state’s new Governor and both candidates were in Springfield this weekend.
A recent poll by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is calling this gubernatorial race a statistical tie with Democrat Chris Koster ahead only by one percent, with a four percent margin of error. But Republican Eric Greitens says the polls are not what he is focused on.
“We don’t pay attention to the polls, we pay attention to the people,” said Greitens at a rally Sunday afternoon where he was joined by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who Greitens says got results in his state as he wants to do in Missouri.
“We’ve seen the transformation not just in my state but in others, when you put the right governors in,” said Walker. “The “r” in front of our names doesn’t just mean Republican, it means reform. And that is a reform that Democrats and Republicans will like and support.”
A state-wide poll conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows the self-proclaimed conservative outsider closer to a possible victory.
“All of the momentum is on our side,” says Greitens.
Among men, Greitens has a ten percent lead over Koster, with 50 percent of the support. Koster takes 52 percent of women voters, Greitens 41.
“I am for everyone, I am not just for women’s freedom,” said Kylee Morris, a Greitens supporter who attended the rally Sunday. “I just want power to the individual and equality.”
A wide gap is seen among African-American voters where 80 show a preference for Koster and two percent for Greitens.
“We’ve actually been out and meeting with and talking with lots of minorities. We’ve had a number of African-American pastors who actually endorse this campaign,” said Greitens. “And the reason is they also want for their communities what everyone in Missouri does – more jobs and higher pay, safer streets and better schools.”
When it comes to rural communities, Greitens leads with 53-57% of support, while Koster is at 34-39 percent, despite Koster’s endorsement from the Missouri Farm Bureau.
“When you talk to farmers all over the state, they will tell you that they are tired of federal overreach, they are tired of EPA. They need to have a governor that’s going to stand up and fight for them,” said Greitens.