Missouri Times Poll: Koster, Grietens in Close Race

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — We’re about two months away from November’s general election, and the race for Missouri governor looks tight.

The Missouri Times is now conducting a weekly poll on statewide races — it found Democrat Chris Koster leading Republican Eric Grietens 47 percent to 41 percent with a 4 percent margin of error. Publisher Scott Faughn told KMOX’s Mark Reardon Wednesday these numbers could look very different next week.

“The NRA endorsement will be put into [next week’s poll], people will have had time to take that in,” said Faughn. “You’ll also be able to have this attack on Eric Grietens, whether it hurts him or helps him, and I think there’s a potential for even helping him there.”

The Koster attack suggests Grietens diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars from his “Mission Continues” charity to pay himself.

The Times polled 589 people statewide, more than a third of whom live in the St. Louis media market. 38 percent of respondents identified themselves as Republicans, 32 percent Democrats and 30 percent independent.

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