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1:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Political Pundits: 2012 Election Results

The votes are tallied; the results are in.

President Barack Obama has been elected to a second term in office, as have Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver will return to Congress to represent Missouri's 5th District, as will Kevin Yoder in Kansas' 3rd District. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill scored a resounding victory over challenger Rep. Todd Akin

In a late-night vote showdown, Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jason Kander squeaked by challenger and Republican Shane Schoeller.  Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was re-elected to a third term.

Missourians voted down a higher cigarette tax (Prop B) and voted in favor of legislative approval for health insurance exchanges (Prop E); Kansans elected a number of new Republicans to the General Assembly.

But what does it all mean? Wednesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Political Pundits Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star, KU political science professor Burdett Loomis and Missouri State University political scientist George Connor to discuss the results and interpret what they mean for us in Kansas, Missouri, and across the nation.

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