KCUR News
3:31 am
Wed November 5, 2008

Graves Retains Hold On Missouri Sixth

Kansas City, Mo. – When more than half the vote was reported, Sam Graves declared victory over Democratic challenger Kay Barnes to hold Missouri's Sixth Congressional district seat. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

Graves took a few playful jabs at his former opponent before answering a couple of serious questions from a reporter. He talked about his role on capitol hill with fewer GOP colleagues, the winners more in the hard line conservative camp. In the Tarkio republican's words,
"You know I'm gonna be representing the district. I'm not gonna be representing a party or caucus or anything. I'll be representing my district to D.C. and the bottom line is you know, it's still gonna take 218 votes in the house to get anything passed".

Graves says the key issue at hand from Washington now is abating dependence on foreign oil. That's sure to include ethanol production.