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Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Parson's appointment of Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe

A Cole County circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the appointment of Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe. (File)

JEFFERSON CITY — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's apppointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem released the order Wednesday, saying the lawsuit filed by Darrell Cope and the Missouri Democratic Party was dismissed with prejudice.

The lieutenant governor's office became vacant on June 1 when then-Lt. Gov. Mike Parson became governor upon Eric Greitens' resignation.

Parson appointed Kehoe lieutenant governor on June 18. According to the lieutenant governor's office, Kehoe is the second lieutenant governor ever to be appointed in state history.

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