Trump endorses Missouri GOP governor for 2020 election

Trump endorses Missouri GOP governor for 2020 election
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE announced Tuesday that he is endorsing Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) for his 2020 bid to serve a full term after Parson replaced the state's scandal-ridden former governor last year.

In a tweet, the president wrote that Parson "knows what he is doing – he gets it!" He also called the incumbent "popular" and "strong."

"I am pleased to endorse Governor Mike Parson of Missouri. He is very Popular, Strong, and knows what he is doing – he gets it! Based on the fact that Mike has announced he will run again in 2020 for Governor, Mike Parson has my Complete and Total Endorsement!" Trump tweeted.

Parson previously ran for governor in 2016 but dropped out of the race, which was eventually won by former Gov. Eric Greitens (R), a political newcomer whose administration eventually ended after being mired in scandal related to an extramarital affair.

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He later ran for lieutenant governor and won that same year on a ticket separate from Greitens and took over the governor's office in June 2018 after Greitens resigned.

Parson faces a bid for governor from Auditor Nicole Galloway (D), the only woman and Democrat holding statewide office in Missouri. Galloway told The Associated Press in a statement this week that families in the state "can’t afford four more years of Governor Parson."

“Missourians deserve better than a governor whose sole accomplishment is that he isn’t Eric Greitens,” the Democratic Governors Association said in a press release reported by the AP. “We look forward to holding career politician Parson to account for putting himself and his special interest friends ahead of Missouri.”