Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sen. Claire McCaskill is the projected winner of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, defeating Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has defeated Republican challenger Todd Akin in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. With 55 percent of the precincts counted on the Missouri Secretary of State's website, unofficial results show McCaskill currently winning by more than 138,000 votes as of 10:10 p.m. Ballots are still being counted in Missouri. McCaskill delivered her victory speech to a cheering crowd of supporters at the Chase Park Plaza at 10 p.m. "With a stubborn determination, tenacity and refusal to give up, we showed the country what Missouri is made of," McCaskill said. McCaskill thanked her supporters during her speech, and went on to mention her mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, who died in the final days of the campaign on Oct. 29. "There…
Some precincts are still reporting lines, even though polls closed at 7 p.m.
Polls closed in Missouri at 7 p.m., but some precincts in the St. Louis area were still reporting lines; anyone in line at 7 p.m. was allowed to vote. Visit Missouri.Patch.com to find all the St. Louis-area Patch sites, or your local Patch for updated results for all the races that affect your community, as the numbers come in. Missouri also has 10 electoral votes at state in the presidential race.
The most contested statewide ballot question asked if voters would raise tobacco taxes to fund education and anti-smoking initiatives. Other measures asked for changes in the selection of judges, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.
Update 1:36 a.m. Wednesday with final update with 100 percent reporting Among the items on the ballot were four statewide ballot questions, the most notably contested was Proposition B, which would would increase tobacco taxes $0.0365 per cigarette and 25% of the manufacturer's invoice price for roll-your-own tobacco and 15% for other tobacco products, according to the ballot language. Estimated revenues of at least $283 million would fund public education in Missouri along with smoking prevention programs. Yes: 49.2 % No: 50.8 % Other statewide questions: Yes: 63.9 % No: 36.1 % Yes: 24 % No: 76 % Yes: 61.8 % No: 38.2 %
Jim Higgins said he expects Democrat Jay Nixon to win.
Libertarian Party member Jim Higgins has seen his name on the ballot before in runs for Congress, but Tuesday night he did something for the first time. He voted for himself as a statewide candidate. "It's a thrill," Higgins, a Creve Coeur area resident said after casting his ballot at Craig School. He knows he has an uphill and unlikely climb in his bid for the Governor's office. In fact, he's predicting Jay Nixon will win a second term by a solid margin. "He's not an unpopular governor," Higgins said of Nixon. What did he think about his Republican opponent, businessman Dave Spence? "Outside of claiming that he'd produce jobs,, he didn't really go into detail how he was going to do that so I don't think he was that strong of a candidate…
Patch will have updates on results as they become available. But when do polls close in some of the key presidential swing states?
Missouri voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends hours before then, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 6 p.m. St. Louis time. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. St. Louis time, swing states Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls. Wisconsin polls close at 8 p.m. St. Louis time. Nevada, the final swing state that could prove as pivotal as Iowa, also closes its voting at 9 p.m. St. Louis time. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
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- - - Updated at 11:35 p.m. - - - Incumbent Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he had received a concession call from Republican challenger Ed Martin. Koster also thanked the 400 or so employees at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. “My success tonight is completely a reflection of them and their dedication to the state we love,” Koster said. - - - Updated at 11:30 p.m. - - - Peter Kinder, the Republican Lieutenant Governor of the State of Missouri, celebrated his election to a third term with supporters in Creve Coeur Tuesday night. Kinder was doing a radio interview by phone with talk show host Dana Loesch just before 11 p.m. Tuesday when he received a call from his opponent, former State Auditor Susan Montee. He …
In the final survey of Red Arch and Blue Arch insiders before election day, Democrats said they are disappointed President Obama largely conceded Missouri to Mitt Romney.
In a primary and general election season that has seen more than a fair share of advertisements, Republicans and Democrats polled in an unscientific survey have agreed that Senator Claire McCaskill's ad strategy was better than that of her GOP opponent, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. That result, obtained through the final pre-election survey of "Red Arch" and "Blue Arch" Democratic and Republican activists in Missouri, may not come as much of a surprise, given the fundraising challenges faced by Akin since August. His comments about rape and pregnancy saw party and third party funding sources dry up until the campaign's waning days, as the GOP largely sought his exit from the race. Still when asked, "Regardless of your partisan preference, which U…
No matter where you live in Missouri, you'll be able to decide on these four ballot questions on Tuesday's ballot.
There are four ballot questions before Missouri voters today. They are:
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