“Missourians are taking it seriously, but some of the business closings, mask mandates (and) school closings are a bridge too far maybe at this late point in 2020 for a lot of Missourians,” he said. “It’s a tough line to walk.”
Parson is campaigning on what he has done to fight the virus, which includes mobilizing the National Guard to help with testing and deliveries of medicine and shutting down the state in April to slow the spread of the virus.
Political scientist Jeremy Walling, of Southeast Missouri State University in the state’s southeastern Bootheel region, said if anything, some of Parson’s Republican base might think he went too far in locking down the state in April.
“He’s probably reflecting a majority attitude, more than I think he’s directing that attitude,” Walling said.
The state health department on Friday announced 1,987 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 42 additional deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus, a spike in deaths that…