Election 2012

Election 2012
4:18 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Martin drops race for Senate, enters race for Congress instead

A screen capture from Ed Martin's video announcement regarding his run for Congress in Missouri's newly-redrawn Second District.
(EdMartinForCongress.com screen capture/St. Louis Public Radio)

As we told you this morning in our news round-up, Republican attorney Ed Martin of St. Louis has dropped his campaign for U.S. Senate to enter a race for Congress instead.

In early polling, Martin trailed other likely GOP Senate contenders including Congressman Todd Akin and former-treasurer Sarah Steelman.

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Election 2012
11:13 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Ex-Mo. Republican chair Wagner may run for Congress

Ann Wagner has set up an exploratory committee for a potential campaign for U.S. Congress.
(via Wikimedia Commons/ United States Department of State)

Former Missouri Republican Party Chairwoman Ann Wagner has taken a step toward a run for Congress.

Wagner said Tuesday that she has set up an exploratory committee for a potential campaign in the 2nd Congressional District in suburban St. Louis. Wagner says her move is based on the likelihood that the 2nd District will be an open seat. The incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, has been considering a challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

New aldermen
2:37 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

New aldermen take seats at City Hall

Scott Ogilvie (seated, foreground) is the new alderman for St. Louis' 24th Ward. He’s sitting with Joe Vaccaro, St. Louis' 23rd Ward alderman.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Larry Arnowitz knew his campaign against Fred Heitert was a long-shot at best. After all, Heitert had served the 12th Ward on the city’s southwest side since 1979, winning eight elections as a Republican without the benefit of a Republican voting base. (He lost that in the 1981 redistricting, when the other Republican poached it.

But during his years as a city employee, Arnowitz got to meet Albert "Red" Villa, the longest-serving alderman in St. Louis history. He also served as a deputy sheriff at the pleasure of Red's son Tom, when Tom was the Board president. (The two will serve together on the board for the next two years. Tom is filling the seat of his nephew Matt, who resigned to focus on expanding Villa Lighting, the family business.)

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Election 2012
2:28 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Mo. Gov. reports raising $1.7M for re-election

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, announced he's raised $1.7 million during the past six months for his re-election campaign.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 5:08 p.m. April 15, 2011 with information about Kinder:

Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has reported raising about twice as much campaign money as Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in the past six months.

Nixon's campaign committee said Friday it raised $1.7 million during that period and had $2 million in the bank at the end of March. Kinder's campaign reported raising $771,000 and said it had $902,000 on hand.

Nixon reported spending $625,000 during the past six months, and Kinder's campaign said it spent $240,000.

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Election 2012
5:37 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

McCaskill raises more than $1 million for campaign

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill reports raising more than $1 million for her re-election campaign in the first quarter in 2011, a strong showing for the first-term incumbent.

The Missouri Democrat's campaign released the numbers on Tuesday. Candidates are required to submit their fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission by April 15.

McCaskill raised $1.05 million in 2011. Her campaign also reported that she had nearly $1.8 million cash on hand.

Municipal elections
11:59 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Another incumbent out at City Hall

Both Prop. E and Ald. Joe Vollmer won big in Tuesday night's election. But Ald. Fred Heitert will not return to City Hall.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Another incumbent alderman has lost his seat at City Hall.

Fred Heitert, a 32-year members of the Board of Aldermen and for many years its only Republican, lost his re-election bid by 48 votes to Democrat Larry Arnowitz, a longtime city employee.

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Missouri Municipal Elections
8:30 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. voters head to the polls in tomorrow's municipal elections

A touch-screen voting machine. Most voters in St. Louis County are expected to use the touch-screen machines in tomorrow's municipal elections.
(via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

St. Louis-area election officials are expecting a relatively low turnout, typical of municipal elections.

The Democratic director of the St. Louis City Board of Elections, Mary Wheeler-Jones, says the City is preparing for 25 to 30 percent of registered voters to show up at the polls.

Wheeler-Jones says that range is probably an overestimate, but she does expect a higher turnout this time than in March’s municipal elections.

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Election 2012
12:34 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Emerson says she'll pass on 2012 U.S. Senate run

Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, who was previously considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2012, says she will pass on the venture. (Office of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson)

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau has announced today she's not going to pursue a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2012, the St. Louis Beacon reports.

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Mo. Presidential Primaries
5:51 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Mo. Senate considers moving primary date to March

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers are considering moving back the state's 2012 presidential primaries.

A bill by Republican Sen. Kevin Engler, of Farmington, would change next year's primaries from early February to early March.

Missouri has held presidential primaries in February under a state law.

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Board of Elections
3:26 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Turnover at the St. Louis Board of Elections

Those headed to the polls in St. Louis in 2012 will be voting in an election run by a different St. Louis Board of Elections. Three new members were named today by Gov. Jay Nixon. (via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)
File photo

Two current members of the St. Louis city Board of Elections say recent reports of turmoil at the board have nothing to do with Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement today that he's named three new members of the board.

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