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COVID-19 affecting Mo. race for Governor

Updated: Apr. 8, 2020 at 1:51 PM CDT
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MISSOURI (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson continues to provide daily updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s an election year for Gov. Parson, who is taking some heat from the person he could face come November.

Parson is the Republican incumbent and said he is concentrating on the state’s COVID-19 response.

“I would say the state auditor needs to worry about being the state auditor right now," said Parson. His response is to last weeks criticism from Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway. Galloway is a democrat running against him for governor in November. “This is not the time to play politics out of this issue," he said during a news conference.

Galloway believes the governor should have issued a statewide stay at home order sooner.

Greg Vonnahme is a political science professor at UMKC, he said, “So if you look at the statements she has made, in the context of the campaign. The criticism is pretty mild. But, does that help her or hurt her, politically I think there is a risk in downside for both Parson and Galloway. I don’t think this is an issue that Galloway wants to be talking about. “

But, David Kimball, a professor of political science at UMSL, said how the governor leads through this crisis could be top of mind for voters in November. “It seems like the corona virus is sort of the big issue now, in Missouri and in the country and so I think the governors handling of that will be an important factor in the election in the fall.”

As of right now, the state primaries are still scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 and the general election is Tuesday, November 3rd.

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