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Politically Speaking: Dissecting the impact of Missouri's election results

Ryan Delaney I St. Louis Public Radio
Campaign volunteers for VanOstran pore over results on a laptop during a campaign watch party at the Sheraton in Clayton.

St. Louis Public Radio’s political trio – Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann – did a postmortem of Tuesday’s election results on the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast.

The upshot is that Missouri Republicans did well, and state Democrats have some rebuilding to do.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was ousted by Republican Josh Hawley, and state Auditor Nicole Galloway barely won, despite a low-budget challenge from Republican Saundra McDowell.

One Democratic bright spot was Cort VanOstran’s strong – but unsuccessful – bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin.

Meanwhile, voters also passed ballot measures that:

  • Legalize medical marijuana
  • Raise Missouri’s minimum wage
  • Revamp the state’s redistricting process for state legislative seats

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

Follow Rachel Lippmann on Twitter: @rlippmann

Music: "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" by Elton John

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