Republican Greitens elected Missouri governor

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BRANSON MO NEWS: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Republican Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer who founded a charity for military veterans, has won the race for Missouri governor.Greitens defeated Democratic rival Attorney General Chris Koster during Tuesday’s election. It was Greitens’ first time running for public office.Greitens’ victory means Republicans will regain control of the state’s top executive seat after eight years under Democrat Jay Nixon. Nixon was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.That gives the GOP-led state Legislature opportunities to pass party-backed policies such as right to work without threats of vetoes from a Democratic governor.Greitens is a former Democrat. He was elected after a tough Republican primary and an expensive and contentious fight with Koster, a former Republican state senatorMissouri voters chose Republican state Sen. Eric Schmitt to be the state’s next treasurer.Schmitt won Tuesday’s election, defeating Democratic rival and former state House member Judy Baker.The treasurer oversees state spending and banking services and manages Missouri’s investments.Schmitt will replace Democratic Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election. Zweifel’s term ends in January.Voters elected Schmitt to the Senate in 2008 and again …


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