KCUR News
4:36 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Has Missouri Lost Status as a Bellwether State?

St. Louis, MO – At least one political expert says Missouri can no longer be called a bellwether state. University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor David Robertson says Missouri is now a swing state that's trending Republican.

"Republicans are strong and they're going to get stronger because they have a senator in place who can contribute to party-building," says Robertson. "They have now a second statewide executive office. They have that western seat in the House of Representatives. And they have this very strong farm team in the legislature."

As an example of the G-O-P's dominance in Missouri, Democratic U-S Senate candidate Robin Carnahan won just St. Louis city, St. Louis County and Jackson County on Tuesday. Roy Blunt won the other 113 counties.