The race for the governor of Missouri this fall will be between a Democrat who used to be a Republican and a Republican who used to be a Democrat.

Democrat Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens will face off on the November ballot after they both won their parties' primaries Tuesday night.

Koster is well-known in the state after serving two terms as the Missouri attorney general. And before that, he also served as a Republican state senator and worked as a prosecutor in western Missouri.

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Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, whose campaign focused on his position as a political outsider, is a newcomer to the Missouri political scene.

While Koster easily won his party's nomination with 79% of the vote, Greitens is emerging from a hard-fought Republican primary where polls indicated a virtual four-way tie going into election night. He ended up pulling ahead with 35% percent of the vote over businessman John Brunner, longtime Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and former Missouri House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway.

"I grew up in a Missouri I was proud to call home. But today, career politicians from both states have made us a state known for national embarrassment, serial corruption, and epic failure," Greitens told the crowd during his victory speech Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning, Koster held a campaign rally during which his main message was that the state can be fiscally conservative and socially tolerant.

Libertarians have also chosen Cisse Spragins to represent them.

The candidates are vying for Democrat Jay Nixon's seat. He is nearing the end of his second term and is ineligible to run again.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.