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Missouri GOP governor's primary is jump ball: Poll

A new poll shows Missouri’s Republican gubernatorial primary is still indecisive, with many voters undecided about who to replace Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who is term-limited.

In an Emerson College Poll/The Hill poll released Friday, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft came in close first with 23 percent support, followed closely by Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe with 20 percent. State Sen. Bill Eigel was third with 6 percent, and 46 percent said they were undecided.

The Republican primary is a fierce battle to succeed Parson, who has been serving as governor since 2018 after former Gov. Eric Greitens resigned amid scandal. Having served more than half of Greitens’ term, Parson is ineligible to run for another term, and appointed Kehoe as lieutenant governor after taking office.

Ashcroft is the son of former Gov. John Ashcroft, who also served as attorney general under President George W. Bush.

Most polls so far in the election have shown Ashcroft leading, but many voters are still undecided.

Spencer Kimball, executive director of the Emerson College Poll, said in a statement that Ashcroft was most popular among voters in their 30s, 40s and 50s, garnering 31% of support to just 15% for Kehoe. But Kehoe had an edge among the oldest age groups, garnering 26% of support from voters 60 and older to 18% for Ashcroft.

Whoever wins the Republican nomination will be the favorite to be elected the conservative state’s next governor.

The poll was conducted June 17-19 among 1,000 registered voters, including 489 Republican primary voters. The credibility interval for the overall sample was 3.3 points, while the credibility interval for the sample of Republican primary voters was 4.4 points.