stunning victory over Congressman Russ Carnahan
for Missouri's First Congressional District that includes all of St. Louis and much of the county. Clay garnered 63.2 percent of the vote to Carnahan's 33.9 percent in the newly redrawn district that had the two Democratic incumbents battling for the same seat. Related content:Gubernatorial Candidate Dave Spence's Epic FailPeter Kinder Burned by Former DonorsRuss Carnahan to Lacy Clay: "[Screw] You!"
In the U.S. Senate race, Republican Congressman Todd Akin
won 36 percent of the vote to win the Republican primary. Akin will face incumbent U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
in November. Akin's opponents, businessman John Brunner
(who spent millions of his own money on the race) and Sarah Steelman
captured 30 percent and 29.2 percent of the vote, respectively.
Republican candidate for governor, Dave Spence won 60 percent of the vote in his party's primary. He'll face Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon
in November. For lieutenant governor, the scandal-plagued incumbent
, Peter Kinder
, narrowly edged out challenger Brad Lager
(44.2 percent to 41.6 percent) in the Republican primary. Kinder will face former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee
, winner of the Democratic primary, in November.
Democrat Jason Kander
will face off against Republican Shane Schoeller
for the Secretary of State office that incumbent Robin Carnahan
is vacating later this year. And Tea Party favorite Ed Martin
easily won the Republican primary for Attorney General with 71.6 percent of the vote. He'll meet Democratic incumbent Chris Koster
in the general election.
As was predicted, the so-called "Right to Pray" initiative (a.k.a. Amendment 2
) passed easily statewide with 82.8 percent of the vote.
In local elections, the St. Louis race for city treasurer also resulted in a bit of a surprise.
Yesterday's Missouri primary resulted in a few surprises. The biggest, perhaps, was Congressman