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9:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Mid-Missourians gather to watch as election results revealed

Supporters for Jeanie Riddle gather at Post Office Bar and Grill for the watch party.
Ninh Pham KBIA

KBIA reporting teams were out in full force throughout mid-Missouri and filed reports throughout the evening. KBIA News caught up with the following people at watch parties around the community:

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Politics
2:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Webber, Wright win state house seats

Elected Missouri State Representatives John Wright and Stephen Webber double-check the election results. Columbia, Missouri.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Two Democratic candidates celebrated their victory to the Missouri State House of Representatives at Shakespeare’s South in Columbia Tuesday night. 

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Politics
1:53 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:48 am

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.

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Politics
1:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Schaefer wins another term in Missouri Senate 19

KBIA

Incumbent State Senator Kurt Schaefer met rounds of applause from family and supporters for his victory over challenger Mary Still at his watch party in Columbia’s Holiday Inn Expo Center.

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Politics
1:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Luetkemeyer wins re-election to US House in 3rd District

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and his grandson
Olga Khrustaleva KBIA

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.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Mid-Missouri Live Blog

Commentary
3:31 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Commentary: The Electoral College, and how a tie could give us a Romney/Biden Presidency

Vox Efx Flickr

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.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Columbia volunteers keep things moving

Credit Marjie Kennedy / Flickr

As Columbia voters went to the polls today, many volunteers helped to keep the process moving along.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day turnout

Credit File / KBIA

Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri this morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

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Politics
8:58 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Smith, Thompson face off to be Adair County Commissioner

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.”

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

The Rural Diner Project - what can a dollar get you now?

Bacon and eggs at Jonesy's Cafe in Paris, MO

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.

Faith/Religion
12:19 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Missouri churches to participate in National Election Day Communion

Hundreds of churches nationwide, including more than 20 in Missouri, are holding Election Day Communion services.
Credit Courtesy electiondaycommunion.org.

 

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.

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Politics
7:44 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Boone County's Prop 1 aims to improve youth services

Sean Hobson Flickr

On Tuesday’s ballot, Boone county residents will decide on whether to introduce a Community Children’s Service Fund to improve mental health and shelter services for youth under 19 years of age.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I'm in the middle, Akin is on fringe'

Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is in the middle of the political spectrum (and of this photo).
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

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.

Politics
8:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

McCaskill resumes campaign following mother's death

Kristofor Husted KBIA

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.”

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