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 %
One Patch reader today found a disturbing "anti-abortion" display near his polling place—which is a neighborhood church. He found it offensive and would like to file a complaint. What do you think about this circumstance?
A reader contacted Patch this afternoon because he was offended by what he considered "anti-abortion signs" and crosses erected at his polling place located at Assumption Parish Rectory, 4725 Mattis Road. As depicted in the photo that accompanies this article, the sign "Life: God's Choice" is located near the door of where voters enter the church. Even more prominent are the multitude of white crosses to reflect lives lost to abortion, which this Patch reader said were erected there within the last week, just in time for Election Day Tuesday. "I find this offensive, and believe it to be inappropriate behavior," said Lynn Byrd, who lives in unincorporated St. Louis County near Lemay Ferry. Byrd said he had no problem with the church …
Meet the South County residents who station themselves outside polling places in one final effort to campaign for their cause.
Do you care enough about anything on today's ballot to spend your Election Day stationed outside polling places, wrapped in your winter clothes and passing out fliers to voters? At polling places across Mehlville, Oakville and Affton, Patch interviewed the men and women up at 5 a.m. and armed with pamphlets, coffee and muffins hoping to reach the voters in one final, last-ditch effort. Follow Patch on Facebook for instant election news updates. Roger Splean, of Oakville, campaigned for Jim Lembke, candidate for Missouri State Senate, outside Point Elementary School. "I tell them, 'Good morning. Jim Lembke would appreciate your vote,'" Splean said. But Splean's job isn't over when the voter returns from the poll. He thanks each one for …
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 …
A guide to election-themed goods and specials on Nov. 6 (some of them are free!). Looking for a nearby watch party? Patch has those, too.
Are you participating in the democratic process on Tuesday? Don't forget to take a moment and reward yourself for your patriotism. Several St. Louis organizations and businesses--as well as national chains--are offering up presidential food, discounts, or a place for you to watch the results roll in. Are we missing an offer or watch party? Shoot a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get the new information added to this article as soon as possible! (You can also add it to the comments below.) Food and drink fun Other cool stuff Watch parties and related activities RFT’s Gut Check blog has listed a handful of other watch parties in Florissant and St. Louis city.