Missouri Republican nominee for Governor, Eric Greitens, published a 30 second ad that features Greitens firing a machine gun for the duration of the ad.
Greitens won the Republican primary against three other challengers with 34.56 percent of the vote. He faces Democratic nominee Chris Koster, who won 78.75 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. Koster gained significantly more votes overall, with 255,100. Greitens earned 235,212 votes during the primary.
Polling firm Public Policy Polling conducted the most recent poll in the race. Both major presidential candidates have abysmal favorability ratings. Trump has a 37 percent favorability rating, and Clinton’s is much lower at 29 percent. Protest candidate “Deez Nuts” earned 8 percent of the vote as a potential independent challenger.
Twelve percent of Missourians preferred a meteor hitting the earth to any presidential candidate. Sixty-six percent of voters support an expansion in Medicaid, and 62 percent of voters think that all employees should get paid paternity and fraternity leave. Sixty-two percent of voters in the state support the full legalization of marijuana.
Greitens published an earlier ad that heavily featured guns in June, although it also featured a lot more of the candidate speaking into the camera.
Greitens ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2010 and attended the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Greitens says that serving in the military changed his convictions. “I was made a conservative, not by birth, but by conviction,” Greitens told The Kansas City Star.
“I believe that career politicians have turned Jefferson City into a corrupt, do-nothing embarrassment. I will clean up the mess by banning gifts from lobbyists, closing the revolving door between legislators and lobbyists, and applying term limits to every statewide elected official,” Greitens says on his website.
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