Candidates for governor spend final night campaigning in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Republican Eric Greitens and Democrat Chris Koster spent the eve of Election Day canvassing the state in a last minute effort to turn out the vote before voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose the next Governor of Missouri.

Koster rallied with other Democratic candidates, Judy Baker, Russ Carnahan and Jason Kander at the IBEW Local 1 in The Hill neighborhood after stops in Columbia, Springfield and Clay County.

“If tomorrow night I become Governor of this state, I want you to know that I will always have your back and always keep our faith” Koster told a crowd of supporters.

“Now it’s time for you to carry on the work into tomorrow.  Through 7:00 tomorrow night because we want to go to sleep knowing that we stopped right to work for another four years” Koster said. 

“We want to let this state know that we went to sleep knowing we were going to fully fund our schools, invest in our healthcare, work on equal pay for equal work.  Reach out across the communities, across the racial divide and make this state a better place.  So I thank you for everything you have done and I ask you to put in 24 more hours of hard work and bring home victory tomorrow night” Koster said.

Martin Luther King, III also rallied with the Democratic candidates referencing his father’s fight for voting rights for all people.

“If my father were here today, he would say that tomorrow we have to vote like we’ve never voted before” King said.

Across town in Crestwood, hundreds of Greitens supporters rallied outside of the Greitens campaign office.  Greitens campaigned with Lt. Governor candidate Mike Parson and included surrogates who trained in the Navy Seals with Greitens who spoke of his work ethic and fight to be the state’s next leader.

Greitens made nearly a dozen campaign stops Monday before his stop in St. Louis; including, Columbia, Kirksville and Cape Girardeau. 

“We are so inspired by the people who have come out to support this campaign” said Greitens.  “So many of them who have never been involved in politics before or those who stepped up and said the status quo isn’t working and they’re ready to take Missouri in a new and better direction” Greitens said. 

“You know our mission is really clear it’s more jobs and higher pay. Safer streets and better schools for all Missourians” Greitens said.  “We’re going to build a Missouri where everyone has a chance and no one is left behind and that’s what all of these folks are standing behind us for because they’re part of our mission” he said.