Polls just closed in mid Missouri and KBIA is following the results. We're closely following the two Columbia city council races, two Columbia school board races and two Columbia ballot measures to fund area schools. Check this live post for regular updates and results.
10:35 PM - Not many updates now. City council candidate Mike Atkinson says he won't run again after losing in ward 2. On a lighter note, our election reporting team got some great twitpics on the scene. I've included a few of them here--just click through the city hall pic.
9:52 PM - Boone County clerk releases final "unofficial" results--100% of precincts are in! Here are the big winners:
- Columbia city council ward 2: Michael A. Trapp (44%)
- Columbia city council ward 6: Barbara Hoppe (62%)
- Columbia school board (two seats): Christine King (42%), Paul Cushing (21%)
- Columbia school district question 1 (tax levy): Passed (56%)
- Columbia school district question 2 (bond measure): Passed (61%)
9:07 PM - 43 precincts are in! Christine King holds her lead in the school district race with 42%. Cushing is in second place, but it's still close, a near three-way tie with his opponents. Both ballot measures seem to be passing. The bond is doing better than the tax at 61%-though it takes a 57% vote to pass this bond, so it could still fail as more precincts roll in.
Michael Trapp came from behind to seize 45% of the vote in Columbia's ward 2 city council race. He wasn't doing so hot when 25% of the vote was in, but it doesn't hurt to be the fundraising leader in the race.
Barbara Hoppe has been in the lead all night. She sits at 61% right now. Tillotson is hurting with 38%.
8:42 PM - Full Cole County results are in! Larry D. Henry Jr. wins the ward 5 Jefferson City Council. All propositions passed easily.
Cole County mayoral races: Mike Kalaf wins Lohman. Ritchie Jenkins wins Russellville, Alicia Weaver wins in the city of Taos. In a race with absolutely no candidates, Daniel Bax wins in St. Martins with 15 write in votes!
Only 13 precincts counted so far. That's 38 to go!
8:25PM - About 25% of votes counted! Columbia schools tax levy is at 56% yes, bond measure is doing better at 60% yes. CoMo school board incumbent Christine King has a healthy lead with 41%. Remember there's two seats open there, so the runner up gets a spot too. Right now that runner up is Paul Cushing but it's a virtual tie between the three.
In Columbia's contentious 6th ward, incumbent city council member Barbara Hoppe is dominating with 70% of the early votes. In the (more friendly) 2nd ward, Bill Pauls is doing well with 45% in the three way race.
8:17PM - It's been an hour since absentee votes were released with no updates since. But KBIA's twitter feed is getting great twit-pics of candidate watch parties. Check it out @kbia!
7:17 PM - City clerk releases absentee results. So far both Columbia ballot measures lean yes. Christine King leads Columbia school board race. Barbara Hoppe dominating absentee votes in the Columbia's 6th ward city council race with 71% of the votes--but totals are low and it's still early.