JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens already has a remarkable resume that includes international humanitarian trips and founding a nonprofit to help military veterans find work. Now he can add another item: Republican nominee for Missouri governor.
Greitens won a hard-fought, four-way Republican primary Tuesday for the right to take on Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the Nov. 8 general election.
He prevailed with about 35 percent of the vote over businessman John Brunner, longtime Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and former Missouri House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway.
Koster, a former Republican state senator, easily won the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Greitens cast himself as a conservative outsider in his first political campaign. Koster, who once served as a Republican state senator, describes himself as a conservative Democrat.