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Cook Political Report Downgrades Mike Parson’s Reelection Chances Again

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Cook Political Report Moves Missouri Governor’s Race From Likely R to Lean R

Cook Political Report has downgraded GOP Gov. Mike Parson’s chances in the Missouri governor’s race for the second time, citing “strong fundraising” from Democratic candidate Nicole Galloway and Parson’s “miscues” on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parson has mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic at every step – failing to listen to doctors and public health officials, refusing to wear a mask, claiming children will just “get over it”, and ignoring the White House’s COVID-19 recommendations for his state. The New York Times ranks Missouri as one of nine states “where new cases are higher and staying high.”

Parson’s failures on COVID-19 aren’t the only thing dogging his chances in November. He’s also grappling with an investigation by his own party into accusations that his administration played favorites in the rollout of its medical marijuana program, videos by former Republican Gov. Eric Greitens insinuating Parson plotted against Greitens, and an electorate increasingly supportive of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act – which Parson has railed against for years.

Democratic nominee Nicole Galloway ardently supports access to affordable health care, has a comprehensive plan for battling COVID-19 in Missouri, and outraised Parson 2:1 last quarter and in the last month.

At least four national race ratings agencies have ranked the Missouri governor’s race as more competitive.

“Nicole Galloway’s chances of winning this race grow larger each day,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Christina Amestoy. “Missourians are fed up with Parson’s abysmal handling of the pandemic, his failure to lead his entire time in office, and his preferential treatment for lobbyists and rich friends. Nicole Galloway will fight for working families and put public health above partisanship.”