Republicans Rally in Springfield for “Lincoln Days”

The University Plaza hotel and convention center in Springfield was the center of Missouri’s GOP universe this weekend as the state party prepares for the 2020 election season.

The weekend of rallies included headlining speeches from Governor Mike Parson on Friday night, and Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway on Saturday night.

Calling it “one heck of a year in Missouri”, Governor Mike Parson said that he would defeat Democrat Nicole Galloway for another term in the Governor’s mansion. The governor also said that he believes not only will Republicans win the Presidency and statewide races in 2020, but also in 2022 so that Republicans will hold all major statewide offices.

Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker also addressed the attendees Friday night and highlighted what he saw as accomplishments of the party, including the state’s low unemployment rate and the creation of over 40,000 new jobs in the last year.

Walker also warned Republicans against becoming complacent, citing the state having a Democratic governor before the election of Eric Greitens.

Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley spoke Saturday morning at a breakfast event, with Hawley calling out impeachment as a “hoax”, and touting his actions to combat “big tech” like Facebook.

Conway’s address to the gathering covered a number of subjects, including the administration’s success in employment numbers for African-Americans, Opportunity Zone programs for poor communities, ending of surprise medical billing, and what she termed as the “best economy in my lifetime.”

She also dismissed Democrats, calling their presidential candidates “nobodies”, but emphasizing that Republicans need to show up at the polls.

Greene County Democrats will be holding a major gathering in April.

(Headline photo courtesy Missouri Republican Party Facebook page)

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