Democrats Win Most Statewide Races In Missouri
Despite Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting a decisive win in Missouri, Democratic candidates fared well in statewide races.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon easily held on for another term. He was challenged by Republican businessman Dave Spence.
Jay Nixon (D) 54.7%
Dave Spence (R) 42.6%
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Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has secured a third term. Kinder defeated Democratic former state Auditor Susan Montee by four points. Kinder had been expected to run for governor this year but instead decided to run for re-election as lieutenant governor after facing several scandals.
Peter Kinder (R) 49.4%
Susan Montee (D) 45.4%
Secretary of State
Democratic Missouri House member Jason Kander has won the race for Missouri secretary of state. He beat fellow state lawmaker Shane Schoeller by a narrow margin.
Kander is an attorney from Kansas City and first was elected to the state Legislature in 2008. He announced his bid for secretary of state shortly after Carnahan announced she would not run.
Jason Kander (D) 48.8%
Shane Schoeller (R) 47.5%
Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel has won re-election, beating a Republican state lawmaker Cole McNary. Zweifel got 50.3% of votes. The state treasurer is responsible for investing state funds and holds unclaimed property.
Clint Zweifel (D) 50.3%
Ed Martin (R) 40.7%
Five years after he left the Republican Party over its stand on social issues, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster was re-elected to that office.
Koster last night sounded notes of bipartisanship.
“Those who supporteed our efforts this day, and those who supported the Republican nominee, you are my bosses equally. And I will endeavor to serve you faithfully,” said Koster.
Koster brushed aside any suggestions that he’ll seek higher office in 2016.
Chris Koster 55.8%
Ed Martin 40.7%