In An Increasingly Red State, How Did The GOP Lose In Missouri?

U.S. Senate results by county as compiled by KBIA-FM in Columbia, Mo.

The average Democratic win in Missouri’s statewide races was nearly 10 percentage points. And this was with the Republican presidential candidate carrying the state by a large margin. How did a party that was so seemingly set up to succeed, fail at the statewide level?

Read and listen to Chris McDaniel’s report for St. Louis Public Radio.

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Unions Helped Nixon Campaign In Final Days

In the final five days before the Nov. 6 election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon – already the best-funded Democrat running for statewide office – added an additional $310,000 to his coffers from five labor unions.

Read Jo Mannies’ report in the St. Louis Beacon.

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Nixon, Starting His Last Term As Governor, Faces Questions About His Future

Nixon in Wentzville during the fall campaign.

It hasn’t even been a week since his latest election victory, but Gov. Jay Nixon is already batting away queries about his next move. He is term-limited as governor as of 2016. Some say he could then face off with GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

 

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Missouri GOP Says Message Is OK, Delivery Needs Work

Missouri Republicans say the party doesn’t need to change its conservative philosophy but must build a stable of strong candidates who can communicate what the GOP stands for. Legislative leaders say the party’s historic gains in the House are a good start.

Read Jo Mannies’ report at the St. Louis Beacon.

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Nixon Bucks Romney Tide To Win Second Term As Governor

In a state that went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney, Jay Nixon was re-elected to a second term as governor of Missouri. His margin of victory wasn’t quite as large as in 2008, but Nixon defeated Republican challenger Dave Spence by more than 10 percentage points.

Read the report by Rachel Lippmann and Chris McDaniels at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Nixon, Kinder, Koster and Zweifel re-elected; Kander wins secretary of state

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon became the third man to win consecutive terms as the state’s chief executive with a decisive win over Republican businessman Dave Spence. Meanwhile, Democrats were re-elected as attorney general and treasurer, and won the secretary of state’s office, while a Republican was re-elected as  lieutenant governor.

See Jason Rosenbaum’s report at the St. Louis Beacon

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Sources From The Public Insight Network Help Paint Picture Of The Voters’ Day

Voters across the St. Louis area came out in strong numbers Tuesday, firmly committed to one candidate or another, for equally strong, but different reasons.

Read Linda Lockhart’s report at the St. Louis Beacon

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Spence Camp Denies Role In Bogus Sample Ballot

The campaign of GOP gubernatorial hopeful Dave Spence says it had no role in a controversial sample ballot being distributed at some St. Louis polling places. The sample ballots advocate voting for Spence – as well as Democrats William Lacy Clay and President Barack Obama.

Read Jo Mannies’ report at the St. Louis Beacon.

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Missouri Governor’s Race Comes Down To Jobs

Four years ago, Democrat Jay Nixon was elected Missouri governor by 19 points. This time, some polls show his Republican foe, businessman Dave Spence, within striking distance. The race has been personal at times, but it’s primarily been about one overarching issue: jobs.

Read Chris McDaniels’ report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Spence: ‘Government Needs To Get Out Of The Way’

Dave Spence, a Republican running for Missouri governor, writes that during the recession, “I found the formula to break that trend and help provide a good living for hundreds of Missourians. With my jobs plan, we can repair the damage that has been done.”

Read Spence’s commentary at the St. Louis Beacon.

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