SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster was in Springfield Saturday as at least one poll is calling this race a statistical tie.
A poll by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows the two candidates neck to neck ten days away from the election. This poll shows Koster with a lead of one percent. Keep in mind, that’s with a margin of error of four percent. While this is a close race, Koster says he is not surprised.
“There’s no doubt this is going to be a close race,” he said. “My hope is that everybody gets out and votes.”
A close race indeed as state-wide, telephone poll, conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows Republican Eric Greitens inching closer to democrat Chris Koster who now holds a one percent lead.
According to the poll, when it comes to men, Greitens has 50 percent of the votes and Koster 40 percent. Women prefer Koster at 52 percent, and Greitens takes 41. 80 percent of African-American voters also prefer Koster over two percent for Greitens. The Republican candidate wins 52 percent of white voters, while Koster 40 percent.
When it comes to rural areas, Greitens has a lead of about 20 percent.he counts on about 53-57 percent, while Koster is at 34-39 percent. But Koster says he is confident with the support from agricultural communities in Missouri, considering endorsements from the NRA and Missouri Farm Bureau.
“It’s been a long time since these types of Conservative groups in Missouri have coalesced on one candidate,” Koster said. “I grew up a little bit of a different time in Missouri, where there were a lot of Conservative Democrats who were in favor of the Second Amendment. We’re very close to the agricultural community. And those are the values that I want to take forward to Jefferson City.”
Those values he says include health care, building roads, investments in higher education, and protecting wage increases and unions.
“Without a collective bargaining agreement, it is very possible that you are going to see about a 15 percent decline in your wages,” said Koster.
Koster says he feels this is a time voters are moving away from the extremes of political views.
“People are frustrated with extremism,” he said “It’s time that I think everybody take a step to the center and try to make progress in the state,”
Republican Eric Greitens will be in Springfield Sunday afternoon. KOLR10 will catch up with him as well about this close race.