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Beyond November
6:08 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Race Of Strange Turns: McCaskill's Road To Victory

Claire McCaskill gives her victory speech on Nov. 6, 2012 in St. Louis.
Frank Morris/KCUR

The U.S. Senate race in Missouri was sewed up by Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill by 10 p.m. last night.

McCaskill got nearly 58 percent of Missouri ‘s vote compared to Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s 39 percent.

Early in the campaign, pundits predicted McCaskill would not be able to hold onto her seat.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, it was a race filled with strange turns.

Starting with an upward battle

Claire McCaskill was one of the GOP’s top targets in their attempt to take back the U.S. Senate.

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Beyond November
2:37 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Wagner Takes Akin's Old Congressional Seat

Wagner takes the stage at her election night party.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In the race to take Congressman Akin’s old seat, Republican Ann Wagner soundly trounced Democrat Glenn Koenen. At her election night party, Wagner said she got into this race because she was a “fed up mother.”

“And you know what? I think our country needs some tough love," Wagner told the crowd. "And I’m ready to deliver that – that I promise you.”

Wagner held her campaign party at the Frontenac Hilton, the same place as Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence. But the two decided to hold their events in different ballrooms at the same hotel.

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Beyond November
2:36 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kinder Wins Third Term As Missouri Lt. Governor

Twitter picture of Peter Kinder (R) at his victory party in Creve Cour, about 12 minutes before Susan Montee (D) conceded the Mo. Lt. Governor's race.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Peter Kinder has won a third term as Missouri's Lt. Governor.

The Cape Girardeau Republican fended off a challenge from former State Auditor, Democrat Susan Montee.  She called Kinder shortly before 11:00 p.m. to concede the race and congratulate Kinder.  He celebrated his victory with a small gathering of supporters, about 30 in all, at a hotel in Creve Cour. He credits what he calls "grass-roots" campaigning for his victory this time around.

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Beyond November
2:08 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Nixon Wins Re-Election, Despite Missouri's Support For Romney

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses supporters during a watch party at the Pageant Theater as wife Georganne and sons Will (at left) and Jeremiah look on in St. Louis on Nov. 6, 2012. Nixon, a Democrat defeated businessman Dave Spence.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In a state that went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney, Jay Nixon was re-elected to a second term as governor of Missouri.

His margin of victory wasn’t quite as large as 2008, but Nixon beat his Republican challenger Dave Spence by more than 10 points.

In an address to his supports at the Pageant in St. Louis, Nixon called his victory a result of voters putting the people’s business above petty politics.

"Missourians said because we've been able to work together, because we're putting the common good first, we are moving in the right direction," he said.

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1:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin In Senate Race

Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

"They all said 'it's over, it's done, it's too red, it's just too red, there is no way that Claire McCaskill can survive.' Well, you know what happened? You proved 'em wrong," McCaskill said.

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Beyond November
1:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term

President Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night in Chicago.
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Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.

"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.

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1:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Plummer Concedes To Enyart In Illinois 12th District

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A Republican lumber company executive is conceding defeat in a southern Illinois congressional race.

Jason Plummer made Wednesday's announcement a day after voters in the 12th Congressional District elected Democrat Bill Enyart, a Belleville lawyer who has headed the Illinois National Guard. The Green Party's Paula Bradshaw finished third.

Plummer says in a one-paragraph statement e-mailed to The Associated Press that he thanks the thousands of supporters, volunteers and friends who backed his campaign.

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Beyond November
1:20 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Martin Loses Attorney General Race By Large Margin

Incumbent Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will keep his seat after being challenged by Republican candidate Ed Martin.
(via Koster and Martin campaign ads)

The Republican nominee for Missouri Attorney General, Ed Martin lost the race against incumbent Chris Koster last night by a double-digit margin.

He remained hopeful even as the gap began to widen early in the night.

"We have a Secretary of State who’s had a history of some sort of irregularities in how she reports stuff, so we’ll wait and see,” Martin told supporters gathered at a south St. Louis hotel. "But right now what we’re seeing on our internals is that we’re within two or three points."

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3:23 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Across The Region, Voters Voice Their Choices

In 2008, Terron Morris finally cast his vote in the tiny municipality of Velda City at 10 p.m. This year, his wait was much shorter.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

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St. Louis Public Radio reporters went out around the city and county today, speaking to voters across the region. Here are some of the experiences they had:

Early problems, followed by smooth sailing

The long lines at St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Penrose neighborhood had disappeared by lunchtime.

Earlier in the day, more than 100 people walked away after poll workers did not have the book listing registered voters in one precinct.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Heroin Addiction & Treatment In The St. Louis Area

(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

The number of heroin deaths in St. Louis County has decreased in recent months when compared to recent years, however, use of and addiction to the drug in the St. Louis area has grown to epidemic proportions.

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