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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Voting Maps Show Political Divide in Missouri; St. Louis and Kansas City vs. Everyone Else

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 8:32 AM

If you need anymore convincing that the people of St. Louis and Kansas City have nothing in common -- politically -- with their fellow Missourians, consider these election results....

In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Robin Carnahan won only three regions in Missouri: Kansas City, St. Louis and St. Louis County. Her Republican challenger Roy Blunt won the remaining 113 counties with a total of 1,051,495 votes to Carnahan's 785,719 (54 percent to 40 percent).

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It's much the same when you take a look at Proposition A, the ballot issue intended to repeal earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City. Ironically, Kansas City and St. Louis voters were the only two districts in the state to vote against a measure that would most impact their own cities.

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Proposition A passed 68.4 percent to 31.6 percent (1,293,282 to 597,031).

In Congressional races, three Democrat incumbents managed to hold their seats -- with Russ Carnahan clinging to a narrow victory in the Third District. (Carnahan needed St. Louis City votes to make up for his Tea Party challenger Ed Martin's big wins in rural Jefferson County.)

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Democrat Ike Skelton wasn't as fortunate as Russ Carnahan. Last night the incumbent lost the Fourth District for the first time in 33 years. Vicky Hartzler captured 50 percent of the vote to Skelton's 45 percent. Missouri will now have three Democratic congressman and six Republican representatives.

Of course, it doesn't help that the biggest Democratic areas in Missouri (and generally the poorest) are also the ones with the worst voter turnout. Just 37 percent of registered voters cast a ballot yesterday in St. Louis and Kansas City. Only a few impoverished counties in the bootheel had lower attendance at the polls.

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 See more maps and election results at the website of the Missouri Secretary of State.

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