Election 2012

Election 2012 / Jay Nixon
11:01 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon raises $1.7M to start 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon raised $1.7 million this past quarter, helping build a campaign account of more than $6 million for his re-election bid.

Nixon, a Democrat, says his fundraising for the first three months of the year marked his best quarter so far in the 2012 campaign cycle.

All candidates must file quarterly finance reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission by 5 p.m. Monday. Nixon's campaign released a summary of his finances before filing the full report with the commission.

Election 2012
12:22 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster reports raising more than $890K since January

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has raised more than $890,000 for his reelection campaign since January.
(Official Portrait/Missouri Attorney General's Office)

Missouri attorney general Chris Koster, a Democrat, reports that he has raised more than $890,000 for his reelection campaign since January.

Koster's campaign reported Wednesday that it now has $2 million raised for Koster's campaign. Campaigns must report their fundraising activities over the last three months by Monday.

Koster's campaign officials say the strong fundraising shows he has momentum going into the final campaign.

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Election 2012
4:17 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

St. Charles Co. do-over caucus is Tuesday

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St. Charles County Republicans get a do-over for a botched presidential caucus with a gathering Tuesday night.

The March 17 caucus in St. Peters descended into chaos amid rules disputes and claims of favoritism, and adjourned with police arresting two people. No delegates were selected.

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April 3 Elections
8:10 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Bond issues for schools, court buildings in front of voters

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Voters in St. Louis County approved the extension of a property tax levy to fund $100 million in construction and repairs at its court complex in downtown Clayton.

That was just one of the measures up for consideration in countywide and municipal elections in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area.

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Election 2012
3:03 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Sauer joins GOP field in Mo. governor race

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The leader of a group that opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research is running for Missouri governor.

Fred Sauer, who heads Missouri Roundtable for Life, filed Monday with the secretary of state's office to run in the August Republican primary.

Sauer, of St. Louis, is the fourth Republican in the field of potential challengers to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Other GOP candidates include St. Louis businessman Dave Spence and Kansas City attorney Bill Randles.

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Tom Schweich
1:57 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Schweich will not run for U.S. Senate

Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has decided not to enter the Republican race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Schweich said in a statement Tuesday that he determined his candidacy would have made the Republican Senate primary more contentious, and thus would not have helped Republican chances of defeating McCaskill in November.

The Senate race already includes three prominent Republicans - former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner.

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It's All Politics
10:13 am
Tue March 20, 2012

3 things to watch for in Illinois primary

Mitt Romney talks with students March 19, 2012 at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 6:30 am

By the time Republican primary season got around to Illinois in past election cycles, the Land of Lincoln was pretty much an afterthought since the party's nominee had already been decided. Not this time.

Mitt Romney has what seems like an insurmountable lead in delegates. But there are questions as to whether he can reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination by the party's August convention. And with his rivals, especially Rick Santorum, refusing to exit the race, the GOP primaries have entered the grind-it-out-for-every-delegate phase.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Ahead of another 'key' primary, Romney leads Illinois polls

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Springfield, Ill., today.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 12:45 pm

This week the action in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is in Illinois, which holds its primary Tuesday.

In advance of that contest, Public Policy Polling is out with a new survey that it says shows "Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory." It has the former Massachusetts governor ahead of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 45 percent to 30 percent (with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul trailing far behind).

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Election 2012: GOP Caucuses
6:25 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Show-Me A Caucus: Missouri prepares to pick its GOP presidential nominee

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In February, Missouri voters picked Rick Santorum as the winner of the state’s presidential primary. But the results didn’t count.

Infighting among Republicans in Jefferson City had left the state’s presidential primary date in violation of party rules. Missouri was at risk of losing delegates to the GOP national convention. So the primary went on as scheduled – but state GOP leaders declared that delegates would instead be awarded at caucuses. The first of those gatherings are Saturday.

But those votes may not count either.

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Mitt Romney
1:40 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Romney in Kirkwood: Obama to blame for high gas prices

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney works a crowd of supporters after delivering remarks as he visits a park in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 13.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Updated at 5:04 p.m. with additional information from the event.

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rallied for support at a park in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood Tuesday.

Republican caucuses are underway in Missouri, as the process to select a presidential nominee continues, but  the party's front-runner ignored his Republican rivals. Instead, he attacked President Barak Obama, blaming him for a high gasoline prices.

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