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Carnahan Family Scores Wins in Two Races

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Congressman-elect Russ Carnahan leaves the stage with wife Debra Tuesday night. (UPI photo)

By KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The Carnahan family has scored two more wins at the polls.

Robin Carnahan won her first-ever election, admittedly noting her name helped her defeat Catherine Hanaway in the race for Secretary of State. Hanaway is the Speaker of the Missouri House.

Robin Carnahan scored 51% to Hanaway's 47%.

Her brother Russ Carnahan won his race to replace Dick Gephardt in Congress, winning the 3rd District race over Bill Federer 53% - 45%.

Russ and Robin are children of Mel Carnahan, the late governor, and Jean Carnahan, the former U.S. Senator.

During her acceptance speech, Robin Carnahan choked back tears as she lamented that her dad, brother Randy, and longtime family friend Chris Sifford were not there. They all died in a plane crash just before the 2000 election (Mel Carnahan was at the time running for U.S. Senate). Robin Carnahan added: "I know they're up there somewhere, and they're smiling."

The Carnahans aren't the only family to score a big win Tuesday. Matt Blunt, son of Congressman Roy Blunt and grandson of former state representative Leroy Blunt, won the race for Governor.

Missouri 3rd Congressional District
CandidateVote TotalPercentage
Russ Carnahan (D)146,75152.9%
Bill Federer (R)125,01245.1%
Kevin Babcock (L) 4,3521.6%
William Renaud (C) 1,2180.4%

Missouri Secretary of State
CandidateVote TotalPercentage
Robin Carnahan (D)1,362,52351.0%
Catherine Hanaway (R)1,240,66046.5%
Christopher Davis (L) 51,8321.9%
Donna Ivanovich (C) 15,5410.6%

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