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Missouri exploring early voter options

February 14, 2013

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February 13, 2013


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Carson City, Missouri: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander recently created a commission to explore the possibility of early voting in the state. Missouri is currently one of eight states that does not allow early voting in any capacity. Kander is hoping for “[a]n affordable plan for early voting could help alleviate long lines at the polls on Election Day by adding a much-needed convenience for Missourians across the state.”[1] The only way Missourians can get absentee ballots currently is to swear they are unable to go to the polls on Election Day, but the state lacks an early-voting period. Long polling lines in the 2012 general election are now forcing Kander to reconsider the early voting question due to voters’ rights concerns.[2]

Voter I.D. measure shows up in Missouri

February 06, 2013

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February 6, 2013


By Al Ortiz

Jefferson City, Missouri: After much debate swirled around the voter identification issue in 2012, including a vote in Minnesota, Missouri has now joined in on the conversation.

A Missouri voter identification amendment may appear on a 2014 statewide election ballot if legislators vote to approve to do so. The measure would mandate that voters show a government-issued photo identification when voting in a state election. The proposal is sponsored by State Representative Stanley Cox.[1]

The formal title of the bill is House Bill 2016Reports suggest that there may be more similar pieces of legislation being discussed among lawmakers.

Proposed amendments must be agreed to by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Missouri General Assembly before being placed on the ballot.

Congresswoman Emerson resigns

January 29, 2013

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January 28, 2013


By Joel Williams

Jefferson City, Missouri: Jo Ann Emerson (R) of Missouri’s 8th congressional district resigned from Congress on January 22 to become CEO of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a national group representing rural electric cooperatives. She announced he resignation in December, less than a month after winning re-election. Prior to her election in 1996, Emerson’s late husband Bill represented the District from 1981 to 1996.[1]

Emerson’s resignation has set off an explosion of interest in the seat, due in large part to her family’s domination of district for the last three decades. More than a dozen Republicans are battling for the nomination of their party for the special election on June 4, 2013.[2]. There is no primary process for this election, with the district’s Democratic and Republican committees choosing nominees. The committees have until March 30th to select their candidates for the election.

Ballotpedia’s 2012 General Election Review Articles: Missouri State Executive Officials

December 11, 2012

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By Maresa Strano

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OLYMPIA, Missouri: Five state executive positions were up for election in 2012 in the state of Missouri: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer.

Four incumbents ran for and won re-election on November 6, 2012. The fifth incumbent, secretary of state Robin Carnahan (D), was eligible to seek a third term in 2012, but she chose to retire to the private sector instead.[1] She will be succeeded by state Rep. Jason Kander (D), who narrowly defeated fellow state lawmaker Shane Schoeller (R) to score Carnahan’s open seat in the general election. Kander will be sworn in on January 14, 2013.

Here are the candidates who won election.[2](See below for official vote totals)

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Jay Nixon
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Democratic Party (United States) Jay Nixon
Republican Party Dave Spence
Libertarian Party Jim Higgins
Democratic Party (United States) Jay Nixon No
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder
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Democratic Party (United States) Susan Montee
Republican Party Peter Kinder
Libertarian Party Matthew Copple
Constitution Party Cynthia Davis
Republican Party Peter Kinder No
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan
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Democratic Party (United States) Jason Kander
Republican Party Shane Schoeller
Libertarian Party Cisse Spragins
Constitution Party Justin Harter
Democratic Party (United States) Jason Kander No
Attorney General Chris Koster
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Democratic Party (United States) Chris Koster
Republican Party Ed Martin
Libertarian Party Dave Browning
Democratic Party (United States) Chris Koster No
Treasurer Clint Zweifel
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Democratic Party (United States) Clint Zweifel
Republican Party Cole McNary
Libertarian Party Sean O’Toole
Democratic Party (United States) Clint Zweifel No


Official Results


See also: Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012
[hide]Governor of Missouri General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark.jpgJay Nixon Incumbent 54.8% 1,494,056
Republican Dave Spence 42.5% 1,160,265
Libertarian Jim Higgins 2.7% 73,509
Total Votes 2,727,830
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.

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States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 are confirmed defeated- 6 Democrat, and 1 Republican. One incumbent, Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, remains at risk of losing her seat. Her race was close enough to warrant a recount and an official winner has still not been declared as of December 7th.
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (non-partisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election. That number could become 35 if the Montana recount results show Juneau’s challenger, Republican Sandy Welch, is the winner.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[3] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 — the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 49 -2
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Non-partisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 931 undecided
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Non-partisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

Ballotpedia’s 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Missouri Congressional Seats

November 02, 2012

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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia’s Congressional team

Missouri’s Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 8 1 (Senate)

JEFFERSON CITY: Missouri: Missouri has eight U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Seven U.S. House incumbents are running for re-election and face at least one challenger in the general election. Todd Akin, the Republican incumbent from the 2nd district, is challenging Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill for the Senate seat

Currently, the Republican Party holds five of nine Congressional seats and the U.S. Senate seat not on the ballot in November 2012.

In Missouri, all polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

After a competitive Republican primary, Congressman Todd Akin got the nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in the general election. Akin, a conservative, had monetary support from all over the country and was running a close race with McCaskill until late August.

On Sunday, August 19, Akin made the following statement on a KTVI-TV, a local St. Louis station, “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

According to the New York Times, “Amid an uproar over provocative comments on rape and abortion that Mr. Akin made in an interview broadcast on Sunday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee declared that it would withdraw financial and organizational support for Mr. Akin, including $5 million in advertising already reserved for the fall. [...] At the same time, Republican candidates like Mitt Romney and Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts either called for Mr. Akin to step aside or strongly indicated that he should. In a radio interview, the conservative host Sean Hannity pleaded with Mr. Akin to drop out. “Sometimes an election is bigger than one person,” he said. But Mr. Akin said on Monday that he would not drop out. “I’m not a quitter,” he said on Mike Huckabee’s radio program. “My belief is we’re going to take this thing forward, and by the grace of God, we’re going to win this race.”” [2]

After this event, Akin dropped behind in polls and in popularity, but in the last few weeks of the campaign, he has begun to close the gap with McCaskill, who is unpopular in Missouri because of her liberal voting record. The race still trends in McCaskill’s favor according to most race ratings.[3]

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Missouri Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party (United States) Claire McCaskill
Republican Party Todd Akin
Libertarian Party Jonathan Dine
Claire McCaskill Pending Pending

U.S. House

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projects that Democrats will win two districts while Republicans will win five seats. It does not make a projection for the remaining district.[4]

Missouri lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to eight. The redistricting trimmed the seat from St. Louis, changing up the 1st and 3rd congressional districts and upsetting their liberal Democrat representatives, William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, respectively. With Carnahan’s own home now in Clay’s 1st district, the two saw the new map as unfair. In the 1st districtWilliam Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, both Democratic incumbents, chose to face off in the primary in August. Clay won the nomination, and is running against Robyn Hamlin (R) in the general election.

The 4th district‘s Republican incumbent, Vicky Hartzler, was first elected in 2010, replacing long-time Democratic representative Ike SkeltonDemocratic candidate Teresa Hensley is attempting to retake the seat.

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Missouri:


District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party (United States) Lacy Clay
Republican Party Robyn Hamlin
Libertarian Party Robb E. Cunningham
William Lacy Clay Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party (United States) Pending
Republican Party Ann Wagner
Libertarian Party Bill Slantz
Constitution Party Anatol Zorikova
W. Todd Akin Pending Pending
3rd Democratic Party (United States) Eric C. Mayer
Republican Party Blaine Luetkemeyer
Libertarian Party Steven Wilson
Russ Carnahan Pending Pending
4th Democratic Party (United States) Teresa Hensley
Republican Party Vicky Hartzler
Libertarian Party Thomas Holbrook
Constitution Party Greg Cowan
Vicky Hartzler Pending Pending
5th Democratic Party (United States) Emanuel Cleaver
Republican Party Jacob Turk
Libertarian Party Randy Langkraehr
Emanuel Cleaver Pending Pending
6th Democratic Party (United States) Kyle Yarber
Republican Party Sam Graves
Libertarian Party Russ Lee Monchil
Sam Graves Pending Pending
7th Democratic Party (United States) Jim Evans
Republican PartyBilly Long
Libertarian Party Kevin Craig
Billy Long Pending Pending
8th Democratic Party (United States) Jack Rushin
Republican Party Jo Ann Emerson
Libertarian Party Rick Vandeven
Jo Ann Emerson Pending Pending
9th District Removed in Redistricting Blaine Luetkemeyer N/A N/A

Ballotpedia’s 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Missouri State Executive Officials

November 02, 2012

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November 1, 2012

By Maresa Strano

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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: There are five state executive seats up for election this year in Missouri: governorlieutenant governorattorney generalsecretary of state andtreasurer.

Four of the five incumbents are seeking re-election; Robin Carnahan, the current secretary of state, is retiring from office.

In the primary election, which was held on August 7th, only the race for treasurer was completely uncontested.

Third party candidates are making a strong showing this year: the Libertarian Party has a candidate in each of the five races and the Constitution Party will be represented on the general election ballot, with a candidate running for lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

In Missouri, all polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time .[1] See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012).


 Candidates for governor
See also: Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012

Democratic Party (United States) Jay Nixon (D) Incumbent
Republican Party Dave Spence (R)
Libertarian Party Jim Higgins (L)

Incumbent Jay Nixon (D) is running for a second term as Governor of Missouri in 2012. He won the August 7thDemocratic primary election and will face Republican Dave Spence and Libertarian Jim Higgins in the general election in November.[2]

Spence, a businessman from St. Louis, officially announced his candidacy on November 15, 2011. The move was a surprise to many Republicans, as Spence had previously said he would only run if current Lieutenant GovernorPeter Kinder, believed to be the preferred GOP candidate, did not.[3] Three days after Spence’s announcement, Kinder said he would not be seeking the nomination for governor, but would seek another term as lieutenant governor instead.[4] Spence went on to defeat Bill RandlesFred Sauer and John Weiler in the Republican primary.[5]

In the months leading up to the general election, polls have consistently shown Nixon leading by a comfortable margin over his Republican challenger, and race ratings suggest a strong probability of Nixon winning. Despite his diminishing threat to Nixon’s re-election, as of October, Spence’s determination to unseat Nixon has only intensified, with streams of profile-raising TV spots and massive 11th-hour donations from the Republican Governors Association to match Nixon’s million-dollar infusion from his party’s counterpart organization.[6] According to campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Spence threw an additional $500,000 of his own money into his campaign on October 24th, bringing his tab for this election cycle up a hefty $5 million.[7]

The negative advertising campaigns on both sides culminated on October 12th when Spence filed a defamation lawsuit against Nixon in Cole County Circuit Court for an advertisement claiming Spence used his position as a bank board member to arrange an “insider loan” of federal bailout money to buy a vacation home. Spence firmly denies any link between the loan and the $40 million in bailout money the bank received in 2009, before he joined the board, and says he was not present when the other board officials made their decision to approve the $1.1 million loan.[8]

Partly in reaction to the banker ads, Spence told the press days before filing suit that Nixon had “sold his soul to the devil” trying to win re-election.[8]

Nixon’s campaign manager refused requests to take down the ad, where it is airing in markets across Missouri. “You see a lot of crazy stunts during the course of a campaign, but this frivolous lawsuit is misguided and desperate,” he said.[8]

Missouri House District 87 election results certified

October 01, 2012

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September 30, 2012


By Bailey Ludlam

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Earlier this week Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan certified House District 87 election results. Carnahan officially declared Stacey Newman the winner and Democratic nominee with 1,861 votes. Susan Carlson had 1,766 votes. [1]

Initially, the primary was held on August 7, however on August 28 a St. Louis County judge ordered a new election for the district. Although the results of the first primary awarded Newman the nomination by a single vote, it was later discovered that workers at a polling station handed out over one hundred incorrect ballots. Approximately one-third of the improper ballots were given to citizens voting a Democratic ballot.[2] A new election was scheduled for September 24. Newman faced Carlson for a second time.

Missouri judge upholds Amendment 3 ballot summary

September 17, 2012

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September 15, 2012


By Bailey Ludlam

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: On Monday, September 10, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem upheld the ballot summary for Missouri Amendment 3.[1]

The measure would grant the governor the power to appoint 4 persons to the Appellate Judicial Commission, the body responsible for choosing nominees for the Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. The governor currently has the power to choose three of the seven total members.[2]

Specifically, the ballot summary of the measure was under scrutiny. Supporters of the measure argued that the summary, provided by the Missouri Secretary of State, was misleading to voters.[3] State Senator Jim Lembke, who sponsored the measure, stated about the Missouri Secretary of State’s measure summary, “She misuses her power to manipulate the process, and I believe that this is more evidence that she’s been a dishonest broker of partisan politics.”

However, Secretary of State spokesman Ryan Hobart stated about controversies surrounding 2012 ballot measure summaries, “This office has always followed our legal obligation to provide Missourians with fair and sufficient summaries of ballot initiatives, and this summary is no different”.[3]

The court ruled in favor of the secretary’s office. Judge Beetem described the summary as “sufficient and fair as a matter of law.” Beetem added that “there is no question that a better summary statement could have been submitted.”[1]

Following the ruling, the state office said, “We are pleased with the Cole County Circuit Court’s decision today regarding Constitutional Amendment 3 (SJR 51). The secretary of state’s office has a legal obligation to provide Missourians with fair and sufficient summaries of ballot measures. The judge’s decision supports our position that the summary drafted by our office meets that legal standard.”[4]

The ballot text reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to change the current nonpartisan selection of supreme court and court of appeals judges to a process that gives the governor increased authority to: appoint a majority of the commission that selects these court nominees; and appoint all lawyers to the commission by removing the requirement that the governor’s appointees be nonlawyers?

Missouri judge replaces health care exchange ballot measure language

August 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012


By Bailey Ludlam

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green replaced the ballot language for Proposition E, a measure that would prohibit the establishment, creation, or operation of a health insurance exchange unless it is created by a legislative act, a ballot initiative, or veto referendum.

Judge Green agreed with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and other Republican officials, who argued that the prepared ballot summary was not “fair and sufficient.”[1]

The late August ruling will not be challenged by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, after Attorney General Chris Koster refused a request for further action.[2]

In a press release, the secretary of state’s office said in part, “Although we strongly disagree with the decision by the Cole County Circuit Court, this office is not in a position to appeal the decision on its own. We are disappointed that Attorney General Koster has refused our request to file an appeal.”[3]

Koster released his own statement saying, “Judge Greene’s summary more accurately reflects the legislative intent than does the Secretary’s proposed language. My job is to call balls and strikes in an impartial manner. The argument is over.”[4]

The measure was referred to the ballot by the Missouri State Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. Proposition E, is also known as Senate Bill 464.

Original ballot text:

Shall Missouri law be amended to deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum or through an exchange operated by the federal government as required by the federal health care act?

New ballot text:

Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor, or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?

2012 competitiveness in Missouri state legislative elections

August 09, 2012

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By Tyler King

MADISON, Wisconsin: Missouri’s legislative elections in 2012 are slightly more competitive than most of the country, based on Ballotpedia’s Competitiveness index which captures the extent of electoral competitiveness exhibited in state legislative elections.

About the Competitiveness index:
The Ballotpedia state legislative competitive index looks at three factors: is the incumbent running for re-election in a district; if so, does he or she draw a primary challenge; and are there two major party candidates in the general election.

Ballotpedia’s index is created by summing the three percentages and then dividing by three. Each state is given 1 point for each percentage. Then, the points are added up and divided by three to establish the index rating. 1 is least competitive and 100 equals most competitive.

The comprehensive 2012 state legislative competitive index will be released following the completion of the primaries in all 44 states with 2012 state legislative elections. It will examine all 6,015 state legislative seats that are up for election on November 6, 2012.

Once a state releases official primary candidate lists, Ballotpedia staff analyzes the data to determine primary competitiveness. Just one state remains that has passed their filing deadline, but has not been analyzed by Ballotpedia staff — New York.

Missouri in 2012:
Missouri’s filing deadline was on March 27, 2012. It was the 20th state to be analyzed by Ballotpedia staff and the inclusion of its data brought the national index to 38.64 in 2012.

In Missouri, there are 180 total state legislative seats with elections in 2012 and most current incumbents are seeking re-election.

Of those 180, 17 are State Senate seats and 163 are State House seats. A total of 126 incumbents (70.0%) are seeking re-election this year. Just 35 (27.8%) incumbents running for re-election face primary opposition. Additionally, there are 59 (32.8%) districts where an incumbent is not seeking re-election within that district. For November’s general elections, there will be 89 (49.4%) seats where more than one major party candidate will appear on the ballot.

Nationwide Index
The current nationwide index is 37.10
• 43 states analyzed •
(updated July 20, 2012)

Comparison to 2010:
In 2010, Missouri ranked 20th in overall competitiveness.

  • 40.6% of Districts were open seats, decreasing to 32.8% in 2012.
  • 15% of incumbents faced primary opposition, increasing to 27.8% in 2012.
  • 57.2% of Districts had more than one major party candidate in the general election, compared to 49.4% in 2012.
  • Missouri’s 2010 competitiveness index was 37.6, compared to 36.7 in 2012.