A commission tasked with redrawing State Senate districts in Missouri has thrown in the towel and will allow a panel of judges to do the job.
The main sticking point was over the 24th Senate District in St. Louis County. Despite an approximate 59 percent Democratic population, the seat is held by a Republican, Senator John Lamping.
The Democrats on the redistricting commission, including Chairman Doug Harpool, cited population shifts for seeking to eliminate Lamping’s district and create a new one in southwestern Missouri.
Did your favorite Missouri candidate lose a close election?
Well, a southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder for close-election losers to get an automatic recount.
Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.
Missouri Republicans have officially picked up another seat in the state Senate.
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