Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am
NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'
Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.
Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.
County tax records show Attorney General Chris Koster paid late three times, most recently in 2009. Personal property taxes typically are due at the end of the calendar year. In each instance, Koster paid the tax bill for his vehicle in January.
The total for the late tax charges was less than $200. In addition, Koster was charged $70 for a late personal property assessment from 2008 while paying the tax timely that year.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.
It took about 18 hours to tally the results, but Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) appears to have won the Republican primary for Missouri Secretary of State.
It was a close race the whole night, with fellow GOP contenders Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) occasionally grabbing the lead – but in the end Schoeller came in first with 35.3 percent of the vote. The Secretary of State's office confirmed the unofficial results shortly after 1:00 p.m. today.
“We sensed that we had the number of votes we needed, but we didn’t want to declare victory until the final results came in and we were confident that they would trend our way, and we’re just grateful that they did," Schoeller said.
Missouri’s Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor is by far the most crowded race in the state this election cycle. The eight candidates running represent a range of experience from across the state.
As St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy reports, splitting the ballot eight ways means a winner could emerge with less than 20 percent of the vote.