Mon November 10, 2008
Elections In Kansas City Elicit Mixed Reactions
Kansas City, MO – For many people Tuesday was a momentous day in the history of this new century and while Missouri elected Democrat Jay Nixon Governor by large margins, we're still waiting for the final tally in the neck-and-neck presidential results in this state. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross and Susan B. Wilson went out to hear what folks thought about the election and what it meant to them personally. Sylvia headed to the polls on Tuesday morning while Susan headed out to 18th and Vine on election night where many had gathered to wait for election results.
The presidential election wasn't the only race on people's minds. Fifth District congressman Emanuel Cleaver was one of the people celebrating a victory at the official Democratic watch party in Kansas City, Missouri - he had easily won his re-election bid. Just after Obama's victory was announced, and before John McCain's concession speech, Congressman Cleaver spoke to the crowd and reporters. Meanwhile, North of Kansas City in Missouri's 6th district, Republican Sam Graves celebrated his own easy re-election. KCUR's Dan Verbeck asked him about returning to Congress as part of a shrinking minority.
Only a few of the federal and state-wide races in Missouri were as tight as the Presidential race. For some analysis on what happened election day and specifically here in Missouri, Susan spoke to UMKC political scientist Beth Miller.