Election Recap, St. Louis, MO metro area

By S. Christopher Emersonvote-here-sign

The following is a roundup of the results of last week’s midterm elections. Locally, small progressive gains were made. But statewide, Republicans continue to build Missouri as a conservative stronghold with urban progressive holdouts. Outstate constituencies largely elected, re-elected or fought tooth and nail conservative and ultra-conservative candidates, while passing forward measures on the state level.

*While US Rep Lacy Clay retained his office with 80.1% of the vote, Claire McCaskill was upset by Josh Hawley in her bid for US Senate. Hawley’s lead became apparent early in the returns as he soundly defeated the incumbent with 51.4% of the vote to her 45.5%. Many observers suggest progressive apathy toward McCaskill and her moderate to centrist messaging. Hawley’s tribute to the president and his divisive agenda endeared him with outstate conservatives. Some wonder if this means we should expect more minstrel-esque radio commercials advertising Republican candidates in future races.

*Missouri Auditor- Democrat Nicole Galloway won with 50.4% of the vote, followed by Republican rival Saundra McDowell with 44.6%.

*Democrat Mavis “Tessa” Thompson retained her position as St. Louis License Collector, having been soundly elected with 82% of the vote.

*Democrat Steve Stenger kept his St. Louis County Executive seat with 56.9% of the vote, with a surprise showing from Black Republican plant Paul Berry III getting 37.3%. Berry III seemed to ride on a red wave of messaging that attempted to take advantage African American voter frustrations with an ineffective nationwide Democratic agenda.

*Joyce M. Roberts and Donna M. Jones were elected to the St. Louis School Board with 29.4% and 24.1% of the vote respectively.

*St. Louis Circuit Judges Paula Perkins Bryant and Michael Noble were retained with 74.8% and 71.7% yes votes respectively.

*Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1- Redistricting, campaign reforms and opening legislative records: Yes- 62.0%

 

*Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2- Legalizing medical marijuana 4% retail tax fund going to Missouri Veterans: Yes- 65.5%

 

*Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3- Legalizing medical marijuana with 15% retail tax funding cancer research institute: No- 68.6%

 

*Missouri Constitutional Amendment 4-Limits bingo advertisement language and reducing time of membership for game facilitators: Yes- 52.4%

 

*Missouri Proposition B- Raises the minimum wage to $8.60 with 85 cent yearly increase until 2023: Yes- 62.3%

 

*Missouri Proposition C- Legalize medical marijuana, removing prohibitions on growth, possession and production and 2% retail tax fund for veterans’ services, drug treatment, early childhood education, and for public safety in cities with a medical marijuana facility-No- 56.5%

 

*Missouri Proposition D- Two and one half cent motor fuel tax for state road fund for law enforcement and road construction and maintenance: No- 53.6%

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