Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Some precincts are still reporting lines, even though polls closed at 7 p.m.
Polls closed in Missouri at 7 p.m., but some precincts in the St. Louis area were still reporting lines; anyone in line at 7 p.m. was allowed to vote. Visit Missouri.Patch.com to find all the St. Louis-area Patch sites, or your local Patch for updated results for all the races that affect your community, as the numbers come in. Missouri also has 10 electoral votes at state in the presidential race.
The most contested statewide ballot question asked if voters would raise tobacco taxes to fund education and anti-smoking initiatives. Other measures asked for changes in the selection of judges, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.
Update 1:36 a.m. Wednesday with final update with 100 percent reporting Among the items on the ballot were four statewide ballot questions, the most notably contested was Proposition B, which would would increase tobacco taxes $0.0365 per cigarette and 25% of the manufacturer's invoice price for roll-your-own tobacco and 15% for other tobacco products, according to the ballot language. Estimated revenues of at least $283 million would fund public education in Missouri along with smoking prevention programs. Yes: 49.2 % No: 50.8 % Other statewide questions: Yes: 63.9 % No: 36.1 % Yes: 24 % No: 76 % Yes: 61.8 % No: 38.2 %
Patch will have updates on results as they become available. But when do polls close in some of the key presidential swing states?
Missouri voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends hours before then, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 6 p.m. St. Louis time. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. St. Louis time, swing states Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls. Wisconsin polls close at 8 p.m. St. Louis time. Nevada, the final swing state that could prove as pivotal as Iowa, also closes its voting at 9 p.m. St. Louis time. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
We've got social media scenes from around the region for voting in the Nov. 6, 2012, election around the region. Plus, tell us in the comments how long it took you to vote.
We're posting updates from people around the area showing pictures, anecdotes, tweets, vignettes and updates about the election scenes in the St. Louis area. If you're checking this on a mobile device, click here for our Storify updates. Let us know in the comments below how your experience was. How long did it take you to vote?
This is where you can find election results for local and legislative races.
- - - Updated at 11:35 p.m. - - - Incumbent Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he had received a concession call from Republican challenger Ed Martin. Koster also thanked the 400 or so employees at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. “My success tonight is completely a reflection of them and their dedication to the state we love,” Koster said. - - - Updated at 11:30 p.m. - - - Peter Kinder, the Republican Lieutenant Governor of the State of Missouri, celebrated his election to a third term with supporters in Creve Coeur Tuesday night. Kinder was doing a radio interview by phone with talk show host Dana Loesch just before 11 p.m. Tuesday when he received a call from his opponent, former State Auditor Susan Montee. He …
In the final survey of Red Arch and Blue Arch insiders before election day, Democrats said they are disappointed President Obama largely conceded Missouri to Mitt Romney.
In a primary and general election season that has seen more than a fair share of advertisements, Republicans and Democrats polled in an unscientific survey have agreed that Senator Claire McCaskill's ad strategy was better than that of her GOP opponent, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. That result, obtained through the final pre-election survey of "Red Arch" and "Blue Arch" Democratic and Republican activists in Missouri, may not come as much of a surprise, given the fundraising challenges faced by Akin since August. His comments about rape and pregnancy saw party and third party funding sources dry up until the campaign's waning days, as the GOP largely sought his exit from the race. Still when asked, "Regardless of your partisan preference, which U…
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Be part of the Election Day story here in Chesterfield Patch by posting your thoughts, photos and observations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here are four ways to connect with Patch on Election Day: And don’t forget: We’ll be updating our Missouri 2012 Election Day Hub and Election Day 2012 in Chesterfield pages with the latest numbers and news. Happy voting!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Supporters gathered in Bridgeton Monday night for Senator Claire McCaskill's final campaign rally.
A campaign rally in Bridgeton Monday night drew a crowd of supporters and a couple of celebrities who cheered on Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri). Don King got the crowd going before McCaskill took the stage. McCaskill said that now the focus of the campaign is to make sure supporters get out to vote Nov. 6. Chuck Berry also made a brief appearance at the event, Patch partner Fox2 reports. Learn more, by watching the embedded video above from Fox 2.
We're tracking the vote during the day and will have election results when polls close.
Update 4:36 p.m.: Chesterfield Patch spent this morning at the polls, talking with voters about the issues that are important to them and how they influenced their decisions. I've put together some highlights from the experience with five short profiles of voters representing different political views, age groups and perspectives. Here's an example from a first-time voter: The 2012 election was the first 18-year-old Will Edgar had participated in and he found himself struggling with which candidate to chose. True to teenager form, he said he put off his decision until the final day. The issue that tilted him toward Mitt Romney concerns Edgar's choice of future career: underwater welding. "I'm going to school to be an underwater welder …
No matter where you live in Missouri, you'll be able to decide on these four ballot questions on Tuesday's ballot
Meanwhile, a ballot question in California will be watched closely by agriculture giant Monsanto, which is based near Chesterfield in Creve Coeur. According to Baldwin Park Patch, "Proposition 37 would make California the first state in the union to require that certain plant or animal products sold be labeled if its genetic material has been modified." Monsanto has supported the opposition campaign with more than $8 million in donations, the largest single donor to the effort, according to votersedge.org. Last month, a company spokeswoman told Patch that while Monsanto supports the No on 37 efforts, "We can’t really speculate on what this would mean for the company, it’s too soon to know what the specific requirements are that may be …