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Election Coverage 2018

State Sen.-elect Cindy O'Laughlin, R-Shelby County
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Sen.-elect Cindy O’Laughlin joins the Politically Speaking podcast for the first time to talk about her priorities for the 18th Senatorial District — and her experiences as a first-time candidate.

O’Laughlin won the election last week to represent the district, which takes in a swath of northeast Missouri including cities like Hannibal, Kirksville and Bowling Green.

Mary Elizabeth Coleman was one of the 46 women elected to Missouri's General Assembly Tuesday night. She was part of the record number of women running across Missouri this year.
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Women candidates across the country made history Tuesday when the highest number of females were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, but women running for the Missouri Legislature didn’t fare as well.

The number of women on Missouri’s ballot this year was historic. In total, 103 women ran for statewide office and the Legislature.

Missouri Attorney General and senatorial candidate Josh Hawley poses for photos with supporters at a campaign event in Chesterfield on Oct. 29, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Tuesday was a triumph for Missouri Republicans and a disappointment for the state’s Democrats.

GOP Attorney General Josh Hawley continued his meteoric trajectory with his ouster of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Despite running a vigorous and well-funded campaign operation, McCaskill was done in by weak performances in Missouri’s rural and exurban areas — places where she’s traditionally thrived.

On Wednesday's "St. Louis on the Air," guests Jason Rosenbaum (at left), Anita Manion (center) and Jo Mannies offered their perspectives on this week's midterm election results.
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Voters in Missouri and Illinois answered many key regional questions at the polls this week, deciding a wide range of races and ballot issues. But with those midterm results come more questions about what it all means.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh worked through a handful of local and statewide topics alongside three guests who offered analysis: St. Louis Public Radio political reporters Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum plus University of Missouri-St. Louis political scientist Anita Manion.

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I-64 W traffic highway
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Supporters of a plan that would have boosted Missouri’s gas tax by 10 cents are plotting their next steps after voters rejected the increase Tuesday.

Proposition D failed 54 percent to 46 percent, winning just six counties, all of which are located along Interstate 70. Voters last approved an increase in 1996.

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway
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State Auditor Nicole Galloway defeated Republican Saundra McDowell to be the only Democrat holding a statewide office.

“To me what this election says is that folks believe in accountability,” Galloway said after her victory Tuesday. “They believe that Jefferson City needs someone that will call the balls and strikes and call out corruption when it happens and hold those accountable for their actions.”

Josh Hawley speaks to supporters in Springfield, Missouri after securing the vote for U.S. Senator.
Bailey Vassalli | KSMU

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has defeated U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, giving the state and the country a new Republican in the Senate and President Donald Trump a sought-after victory.

“This was about defending our way of life. It was about renewing it for a new day,” Hawley said, touching off deafening cheers from supporters gathered in Springfield at the University Plaza hotel. “And tonight the people of Missouri said we believe in that way of life, it's not the past, it’s the future."

JB Pritzker wins Illinois Governor's race

Nov 7, 2018
Illinois gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker speaks in support of congressional candidate Brendan Kelly.
File photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

In one of the most expensive governor’s races in American history, rich Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner suffered a resounding defeat Tuesday to even-richer Democratic challenger JB Pritzker.

With 66 percent of precincts reporting, Pritzker led Rauner by nearly 20 points, echoing polls that showed the Democrat with a huge lead late in the race.

It was exactly the return Pritzker had hoped to reap from a historic investment in his fledgling political career. Pritzker, a multi-billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, poured an astonishing $171.5 million of his own money into his first political run.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and political strategist Ed Rhode celebrate in Stenger's home. He defeated Republican challenger Paul Berry in Tuesday's election.
Chad Davis | St. Louis Public Radio

Steve Stenger, the incumbent St. Louis County executive, has won another four years in office.

Stenger, a Democratic, handily beat his opponents, Republican Paul Berry, a bail bondsman, and two third-party candidates with 57 percent of the vote. He will enter his second term as county executive in January facing a hostile County Council on which he has no reliable allies.

Also Tuesday, St. Louis County voters approved a zoo tax and four changes to the county charter, while St. Charles County residents passed a smoking ban.

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, speaks to supporters and media on Tuesday night. She defeated Democratic challenger Cort VanOstran in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Reps. Mike Bost and Ann Wagner bucked a national trend to survive tough Democratic challenges Tuesday.

The two Republicans will return to a House that Democrats control after the GOP lost a number of other seats across the country.

Mary Elizabeth Coleman holds her son Gerhardt while talking to voters and knocking doors in her district last month. Coleman, a lawyer and mother of six, has made her family a big part of her campaign. Oct. 2018
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Two Jefferson County statehouse districts closely watched as bellwethers went Republican on Tuesday.

Mary Elizabeth Coleman won in Missouri’s 97th House District and incumbent Sen. Paul Wieland won in Missouri’s 22nd Senate District.

Benjamin Singer, communications director for Clean Missouri, announces victory in the contest to pass Amendment 1 to supporters at Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis.
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Missouri voters approved a sweeping overhaul of state legislative redistricting, raising the minimum wage and legalizing medical marijuana, but rejected a gas tax increase.

Of all of the initiative petitions on Tuesday’s ballot, the most contentious was Clean Missouri — on the ballot as Amendment 1. Voters approved it by a wide margin — 59-40, with close to 60 percent of the votes reported — a result propelled by a well-organized and well-funded campaign. Passage is a huge victory for Democratic activists seeking to advance their party’s state House and Senate prospects after the next census.

Sen.-elect Josh Hawley speaks to supporters in Springfield, Missouri, after securing the vote for U.S. senator. Nov.6, 2018
Bailey Vassalli | KSMU

Midnight — That’s all, folks!

With more than 91 percent of precincts reporting, here’s what we know:

Missouri will be the 31st state to approve medical marijuana. Voters also approved a sweeping overhaul of state legislative redistricting but rejected a gas tax increase. And for the second time since 2006, Missouri voters backed an increase to the state’s minimum wage.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill shake hands following Thursday night's Senate candidate debate in St. Louis. Oct. 18, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

For Missouri Democrats, tomorrow is judgment day.

Voters will decide if the last two Democratic statewide officials remain in their posts. If U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and state Auditor Nicole Galloway prevail, it could provide a jolt for a party seeking to rebound after the disaster of 2016.

St. Louis Public Radio's voter's guide to the 2018 midterm election

Nov 2, 2018
A poll worker sets out "I voted today" stickers at the St. Louis County Board Of Elections on Oct. 25, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm election, we've compiled a list of key races with links to our in-depth reporting and more resources to help inform your vote.

President Donald J. Trump’s midterm campaign visit at the Columbia Regional Airport Thursday night was marked by the presence of numerous local and state-level GOP politicians, all appearing to boost Senate hopeful Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s campaign in its final days.

Bill Haas speaks during a St. Louis Board of Education candidate forum Oct. 24, 2018. Haas said several fellow board members are "sheep" doing the teacher's union bidding and they shouldn't be given control of the district back.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis school board member Bill Haas doesn't think the board is ready to retake control of the district from the state.

Haas, who is seeking re-election to the board, said several members are "sheep," doing the teachers' union bidding.

Legal medical marijuana
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Marie DeBor of Webster Groves is front and center in the longstanding debate in Missouri over medical marijuana.  

DeBor, who has multiple sclerosis, is hoping that the drug changes her life.

“I have tried it in legal recreational states and have had benefits,” said DeBor. “My friends with MS in other states tell me how beneficial it is to them.”

A sign in support of Prop B hangs at Bridge Bread on Cherokee Street.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

After years of starts and stops, activists in favor of raising Missouri’s minimum wage may finally find success this year with a ballot proposition that increases the state’s wage floor from $7.85 an hour to $12 an hour by 2023.

That’s because proponents of the increase, on the ballot as Proposition B, are flush with cash, while opponents did not set up a campaign committee to raise money. Still, since the measure is a statute, critics of the plan could turn to the General Assembly to make changes.