In one of the closest races in South County, Democrat Vicki Englund defeated Republican incumbent Cloria Brown for the Missouri House of Representatives' newly redrawn 94th district, which covers Mehlville and parts of Green Park and Concord.
"I'm still in shock," Englund said. "I still think I should go out and door-knock."
Englund won by only 306 votes out of almost 17,000.
The election marked round three in an ongoing political battle between Englund and Brown.
In 2008, Englund defeated Brown in an election to represent the 85th District, which previously included all or parts of Mehlville, Lemay and Affton, among other sections of South County. The two candidates faced off again in 2010, when Brown won the election.
"Two years ago I fought the good fight, and it wasn’t the year for us," she said. "I did not take it very well, and pretty much just left. My husband Patrik was with me. Scott was there. Everybody was there. I just had to rewind. Now, we’re all here and we won."
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Brown said the results weren’t a surprise.
“I really sort of expected it,” she said, adding that some of her precincts came out “really heavy for Obama.”
For Brown, tomorrow will mean cleaning up campaign signs, taking a little vacation time with her husband and returning to volunteer work.
“There are lots of ways to serve the community,” Brown said. “This is hall been about serving the community. I’m just trying to do what I can.”
Before results came in, Brown thanked her supporters at a watch party at Royale Orleans banquet center.
"It was a tough, tough campaign," she told the crowd. "We worked really hard. I hope we win. If we don't, we did our damdest," she said, earning a round of applause.
During August's primary, Brown defeated Republican Tim Hotop, capturing 75 percent of the vote.
Englund ran unopposed during the primary election.
Brown, 70, holds a bachelors degree in information systems from Washington University in St. Louis. She previously represented the GOP as a Lemay Republican Committeewoman.
Englund, 38, currently serves as a director on the Lindbergh Board of Education. She holds bachelors and master's degrees in political science from The American University.
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