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Republicans Keep Control of MO General Assembly

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By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Tuesday's elections included 180 races for State Senate and Representative in Missouri.

Republicans continued their move toward a more solid control of the Legislature. Both parties focused on handful of close races.

Election returns show that the GOP had won enough races to ensure continued control of both chambers and picked up at least two seats in the Senate (The Republicans currently control the Senate 20-14).

In the House, the GOP has won at least 95 seats (it currently has a 90-73 edge), and might gain three more.

That could leave the party with as many as 24 Senate seats and 98 House seats.

In the St. Louis region, only one Missouri state representative in the region was ousted. Tom Green lost to Republican Sally Faith in the 15th district in St. Charles County.

Democrat Harry Kennedy won a close state Senate race in the 1st district over Bob Yeckel. Kennedy is already a state senator, but he was in a new race because his home was drawn into a new district a few years ago.

Republican Kevin Engler won Kennedy's old Senate seat in the 3rd district.

Democrat Tim Green won the State Senate seat that the retiring Wayne Goode could not run for again because of term limits.

And Republican Mike Gibbons fended off a challenge in the 15th Senate District.

Democrat Jeanette Mott Oxford will take Russ Carnahan's State House seat in the 59th District. Rachel Storch will be the new state representative in the 64th district, which is mostly in the City.

Democrat John Bowman won the state House race in the 70th district. Bowman defeated the incumbent representative Matt Muckler in the primary.

Republican Scott Muschany will take Catherine Hanaway's seat in the state House that she gave up to run for Secretary of State. Democrats Jeff Roorda and Ron Casey won open state House seats in the 102nd and 103rd districts.

In Illinois, Democrats will continue to control both the state House and Senate, though the GOP appears to have won back one seat in both chambers.

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