Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.
McCaskill won with about 54-percent of the vote in the election. She told supporters in St. Louis' Central West End Tuesday night that the victory means more to her because many pundits had predicted she would lose her seat.
A long-time St. Louis County lawmaker is leaving office this year because her Senate district was moved to the Kansas City area. Republican Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield has spent eight years in the Missouri House and four in the Senate, making a name for herself as an outspoken social conservative.
During her last visit to the Capitol as an elected official last week, she sat down with St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin to talk about her record in office and where she goes from here.
Republican Rep. Todd Akin says Missouri TV viewers should expect to see his U.S. Senate ads all the way until Election Day.
One of the biggest questions surrounding Akin's campaign has been whether he will be able to raise enough money to spread his message. Some big-dollar donors dropped their support because of his remarks last month about rape and abortion.
Embattled Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he plans to stay in the race for U.S. Senate.
The fallout from Akin’s comments about pregnancies caused by “legitimate rape” has prompted a storm of criticism, including fellow Republicans, many of whom say Akin should withdraw his candidacy for Senate immediately.
The conservative PAC Crossroads GPS is pulling its ads from the Missouri race. The group had originally booked a new round of ads to start Wednesday but opted instead to cancel them.
Thousands of emails and letters are flooding the Missouri governor's office as he decides whether to sign health insurance legislation.
The Republican-led Legislature approved a measure stating no employer or health plan provider can be compelled to provide coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization if those items run contrary to their religious or moral convictions.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has until mid-July to veto the bill, or it will take effect.
Around 200 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today against President Obama’s mandate that employers provide coverage for contraceptive services.
Churches are exempt from the mandate, but religious non-profit organizations, such as schools and hospitals, are not. John Gaydos is bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City.
“Religious freedom is not merely about our ability to attend church on Sunday," Gaydos said. "It is impossible to exercise that religious freedom and at the same time compromise the faith that inspires us to action.”
Missouri Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) has been released from a Jefferson City hospital and is resting at her Capital-area residence.
She left the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon after becoming light-headed during debate on an education bill. Her Chief of Staff, Kit Crancer, did not disclose the nature of her illness. He described it as a serious but non-life threatening situation.
“We had excellent hearings this year, but it became very clear that until we raise the awareness of the public and the need in the public that we would be spinning our wheels to move any further," Stouffer said.