Election Day 2014 | St. Louis Public Radio

Election Day 2014

Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking podcast crew this week welcomes a woman who’s literally one of a kind:  state Rep-elect Deb Lavender, D-Kirkwood.

A physical therapist, Lavender appears to have set a modern-day record in the state by running four consecutive times for the same legislative post before winning.  She lost bids in 2008, 2010 and 2012 to then-incumbent Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro,
St. Louis Public Radio file photo

State Rep. Mike Bost rode the national Republican wave to victory Tuesday night, knocking off incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart to represent parts of the Metro East in Congress. 

Bost’s victory capped off a buoyant night for Republicans nationally and in the Land of Lincoln, where Republican Bruce Rauner unseated incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, won re-election.

Stock photo of paper ballot

(Updated 1:45 a.m., Wed, Nov. 5)

St. Louis County election officials are considering changes in how many paper ballots to print and how to train polling place staff for the next election cycle, said Democratic director of elections Rita Days.

The reassessment comes after an unexpected demand for paper ballots caused a shortage at about 95 polling places throughout the county Tuesday. That's more than 20 percent of the county's 444 balloting sites.

Election Updates From Across The Nation

Nov 4, 2014

NPR is blogging some of the Election Day updates from around the country over on Tumblr. Check out their updates here, too, below: