By Olga Khrustaleva & Alex Olgin & Katarina Sostaric
In Jefferson City, US Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer celebrated his re-election, as he received just under 70% of the popular vote in the 3rd Congressional District. He says the toughest part of this election was getting his name out in the new part of his district.
“You are never sure. You always come in with some anticipation. But if you do your work and you walk in tonight, you feel pretty comfortable because you know where you are gonna be. I have a good sense from the standpoint that I go around my district and I meet with people every day,” Luetkemeyer said.
You may have heard of the Electoral College. If certain unlikely but theoretically possible election scenarios play out tonight, then in the near future you will hear more about the Electoral College than the law should allow.
Adair County residents will vote for a Second District County Commissioner Tuesday.
Larry Lee Smith is challenging the incumbent Mark Thompson in the election for Adair County Second District Commissioner.
Smith, who’s a farmer, said he decided to run for the position because he is concerned with road and bridge maintenance in Adair County.
“I don’t like to hear cutbacks on our road and bridge employees and on an hourly basis and so I don’t know what happened to their budget, how they failed to get something in?" Smith said. "I just want to scan that budget.”
Located on the main street of Paris, Missouri, Jonesy’s Café has been drawing locals for its coffee, breakfast and old-fashioned soda fountain since the 1930s. Owners Steven and Connie Hancock say it’s a place where everyone feels at home. We arrived at the crack of dawn to find Connie firing up the grill, waiting for the usual mix of farmers, workers, retirees and opinions to find their way into the café as they do each morning. What’s on the table at Jonesy’s? Not surprisingly, a good deal of disillusionment with politicians and a political process.
During the day on Tuesday, Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia will function as a polling place. But after the polls close, Pastor Kevin Glenn hopes to bring voters from all different perspectives together.
“People of faith have become known more for their political affiliation than for their proclamation of the way of Jesus and his ethic of unconditional love,“ he said.
Listen to Sen. Claire McCaskill chat about her bid to keep her Senate seat.
KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is challenging Rep. Todd Akin to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate in the November 6 election.
In the interview (which took place before McCaskill’s mother died), the senator talks about the difference between her and Akin when it comes to women’s issues including equal pay for women and access to emergency contraception. She talks about what she would say to women who have backed Akin after his controversial comment on pregnancy and rape. McCaskill also discusses her plan to make sure small business continues to grow in the state and her stance on keeping federal loans and grants available to students who depend on them.
McCaskill spoke outside a St. Louis County grade school Wednesday about the importance of the school lunch program, noting that Republican opponent Todd Akin was one of just five lawmakers to oppose funding. But she also used the time to talk about her mother, who passed away earlier this week.
It was Claire McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill.
In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.
Claire McCaskill said it’s been a “tumultuous time.”