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Primary Elections

Democrats Brad Bakker, at left, and Wiley Price IV, right, seek to replace Missouri House Rep. Karla May in District 84.
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In Missouri’s 84th House district two Democrats are competing for Karla May’s term-limited seat as she makes a bid for the state Senate.

Brad Bakker, an attorney, came to St. Louis to attend Saint Louis University; he left to get his law degree before returning to St. Louis with his family several years ago. Wiley Price IV, an events management director, is a lifelong resident of the 84th district, which includes the Forest Park, the Central West End, Dogtown, Wellls-Goodfellow and Hamilton Heights neigborhoods.

Cunningham, Storch win key legislative contests

Oct 8, 2017

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - State Rep. Jane Cunningham beat Gina Loudon for the Republican nomination for state senate in the 7th district - the seat held by Loudon's husband John. The margin was 46 percent to 38 percent.  Neal St. Onge finished third.

Jo Mannies, Rachel Lippman and Dave Robertson discussed Missouri's Aug. 2 primary and answered listener questons on July 26.
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Next week, Missourians will go to the polls in their Aug. 2 primaries.  A week before the primaries, three guests joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh to discuss what issues and positions you should keep an eye on.

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Rachel Lippmann, who is covering the city primary, and Jo Mannies, who is covering the statewide primary, broke down what you need to know with the help of UMSL political science professor David Robertson.

St. Louis sheriff candidates compete for open seat

Jul 18, 2016
Left to right. Top, Vernon Betts, Joe Vaccaro, Charley "Big Will" Williams, Bottom: Johnnie M. Chester, Jimmie Matthews
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Several candidates are vying to replace long-time St. Louis Sheriff Jim Murphy, who is retiring after holding the office since 1989.

The St. Louis sheriff's office is responsible for the security of the 31 courtrooms of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court. The office also serves court papers and eviction notices.

Voter registration for August primary ends July 6

Jul 5, 2016
A voter enters Our Lady of Guadalupe School on election day in Ferguson.
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Updated with new comments - The deadline to register to vote for Missouri’s Aug. 2 primary election is Wednesday, July 6.

You can register in person at your city or county board of election office, a local library or the Department of Motor Vehicles. To register online, submit your application through the Missouri Secretary of State’s website by 5 p.m.

Proposition B asks to voters to allow their local city or county to continue collecting sales tax on cars bought out of state
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Missouri and Illinois played a surprisingly integral role in the 2016 presidential election.  As of March 16, the day after voters filed into their polling place to choose the Democratic or Republican nominee, no clear winner was declared.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton came out on top by just over 1,500 votes but Bernie Sanders had led the vote tally most of the night.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump defeated Ted Cruz by less than 1,800 votes, but he has not been handed a conclusive victory.

From left, Kathy Bernard, Lee Lyons, Jake Gray
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Gene Hutchins is agitated. Alison Lamothe is concerned.

Ahead of Tuesday's Primary Elections in Illinois and Missouri, they represent just two of the many moods voters are expressing when it comes to the choices for president.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Sen. John Lamping is no stranger to challenging conventional wisdom about Missouri politics.

Since he entered the Missouri Senate in 2011, the Ladue Republican has introduced bills to shorten the legislative session, have the governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket and curtail political contributions from tax credit recipients.

Carnahan, Nixon call for a Feb. 7 presidential primary that counts

Oct 21, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - Filing begins next Tuesday for Missouri's presidential primary, now set for Feb. 7.

The only question is whether the results will count.

Secretary of state prepares to certify election

Aug 19, 2008

This article first appeared in The Beacon: August 19, 2008 - On Tuesday afternoon -- two weeks after the Aug. 5 primary election -- Missouri's counties turned in their final results for the Democratic race for attorney general to the secretary of state's office for certification. The numbers will be released on Tues., Aug. 26 on the secretary of state's website.

Donnelly will seek a recount in the AG race

Aug 15, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 15, 2008- State Rep. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights has announced that she will formally request a statewide recount of the Aug. 5 primary election to become the Democratic attorney general nominee. Tabulations show that Donnelly lost to state Sen. Chris Koster by a margin of 0.2 percent, or 783 votes, according to the Missouri secretary of state's website.

Map by Brent Jones, data from Missouri Secretary of State

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, August 8, 2008 - A less than scintillating ballot -- not the heat -- is most to blame for an election day turnout that saw fewer than one in five registered voters casting primary ballots in Missouri on Tuesday, says a St. Louis authority on the American electorate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 7, 2008 - As state Rep. Margaret Donnelly's campaign waits for the secretary of state's certification of Tuesday's primary results, state Sen. Chris Koster, D-Harrisonville, is forging ahead as the Democratic nominee for attorney general.

"After such a hard-fought campaign, a very close race, Rep. Donnelly is entitled to this personal decision," said Koster's spokesperson Danny Kanner. "That said, Sen. Koster has built a coalition and is now moving forward as the Democratic Party's nominee."

Could Donnelly win a recount?

Aug 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - The heated battle for the Democratic nomination in the race to become Missouri's top lawyer will probably not end soon.

Heat puts a damper on voter turnout

Aug 5, 2008
Shortly before noon, no voters were using this city polling place. 2008 - 300 pixels
Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archive

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - The man who heads St. Louis' largest center for senior citizens says it's hard to know just how much the scorching August heat -- Lambert recorded a high of 96 degrees -- affected voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election.

The voters speak

Aug 5, 2008
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Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archive

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - On a sweltering election day in Missouri, voters arrived at St. Louis area polling places today with chilled bottles of water, cardboard fans and agendas as varied as their backgrounds.

A man from Lake St. Louis said he votes against anyone who supports the war, in honor of a brother who was killed in Vietnam.

Statewide candidates set strategies for November

Aug 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - After months of campaigning, the battle for the Democratic nomination for attorney general came down to 786 votes -- a difference of only .2 percent that had state Sen. Chris Koster a former Republican from Harrisonville claiming victory over Democratic state Rep. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights and the right to take on Republican Michael Gibbons in November.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - Tuesday night ended a hot day and a hot race in the primaries for Missouri's 9th congressional district, where nine candidates had vied for their parties' nominations.

Hulshof will face Nixon for governor in the fall

Aug 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 -  U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof defeated state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary and immediately stressed party unity for a tough fall campaign against state Attorney General Jay Nixon, who won the Democratic nomination for governor.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 4, 2008 - U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and state Treasurer Sarah Steelman wrapped up their contentious primary campaigns for governor on Monday with each arguing for the chance to take on Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the fall general election.