Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The GOP candidate said District 2 needs some "tough love" and she's ready to deliver.
Republican candidate Ann Wagner of Ballwin became Missouri's Congressional District 2 post Tuesday evening, declaring victory just after 10 p.m. at the Hilton Frontenac. Wagner defeated opponents Glenn Koenen (D-Oakville), Bill Slantz (Libertarian-St. Charles) and Anatol Zorikova (Constitution Party-St. Charles) for the seat held by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin. As of 11:40 p.m., unofficial results on the Missouri Secretary of State website report Wagner had a 60.1 percent lead over Koenen's 37.1 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting. More than a hundred of Wagner's supporters, family and friends made their way to the Ambassadeur Ballroom at the Hilton-Frontenac, trickling in as polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday and staying strong…
Jim Higgins said he expects Democrat Jay Nixon to win.
Libertarian Party member Jim Higgins has seen his name on the ballot before in runs for Congress, but Tuesday night he did something for the first time. He voted for himself as a statewide candidate. "It's a thrill," Higgins, a Creve Coeur area resident said after casting his ballot at Craig School. He knows he has an uphill and unlikely climb in his bid for the Governor's office. In fact, he's predicting Jay Nixon will win a second term by a solid margin. "He's not an unpopular governor," Higgins said of Nixon. What did he think about his Republican opponent, businessman Dave Spence? "Outside of claiming that he'd produce jobs,, he didn't really go into detail how he was going to do that so I don't think he was that strong of a candidate…
Voters in Chesterfield threw their support behind the major candidates of both parties, sometimes for very different reasons. Read about their decisions and the issues that influenced them below.
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. Below are five short profiles of voters representing different political views, age groups and perspectives. These Chesterfield residents were mainly asked about the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as well as the close contest for a U.S. Senate seat between Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Todd Akin. Will Edgar, voted for Romney 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…
A sharp-eyed reader noted that a non-election related proclamation from Todd Akin's congressional office was in a glass display class a few feet from voting lines.
The proclamation pictured above and featuring Todd Akin's name was found just a few feet from the line of Chesterfield residents waiting to vote at city hall this morning. The framed document appears to be several years old and not related to any election campaign. It's part of a glass display in the lobby of Chesterfield City Hall that bears other awards and announcements. A sharp-eyed voter pointed out its location to Chesterfield Patch, concerned that it might be violating laws that prohibit electioneering within 25 feet of a polling place. Precinct supervisor Kevin Gracey said the document, although small and not official campaign literature, would properly need to be taken down or covered up. However, he said he would wait to make a …
Patch wants to know why you voted today. And once you're done telling us why you voted, be sure to upload a photo of your "I Voted" sticker.
People vote for all sorts of different reasons, not least of which is it's among the most patriotic things you can do. And today, millions of people will be heading to their nearest voting booth to cast their ballot. We want to know why. Share with us the reason you voted today by leaving a comment below. Once your done with that, be sure to upload a photo of your "I Voted" picture. All you have to do is click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" link and your photo will be added to our gallery. Happy voting!
Monday, November 5, 2012
With the election only one day away, it's time to fess up: Whether it's Akin, McCaskill, Spence, Nixon or someone else, which political ad will you be happy to see go?
You know the drill. The somber music plays in the background while a deep voice shares a fearful message about a candidate seeking election. Occasionally, a few seconds might be reserved afterward for an inspiring message from that candidate's challenger. These so-called attack ads have grown more prevalent as we've moved closer to the Nov. 6 election. In the U.S. Senate race, an ad from Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) contains a voice that connects Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to President Barack Obama. The voice references McCaskill's support of the Affordable Care Act and her endorsement of the president in 2008. An ad from McCaskill takes a similar approach in connecting her opponent to the 2012 presidential campaign. The ad begins by …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The lawyers who work with the judges, evaluate them, and this one judge didn't cut it.
In St. Louis and St. Louis County 24 judges will be on voters' ballots on Nov. 6 whether to retain their services or not. Attorneys with the Missouri Bar Association, who go before the judges, evaluate them, and all but one judge received a passing score. "Associate Judge Dale Hood with the St. Louis County Circuit Court scored below average in all eighteen categories that lawyers with the Missouri Bar Association use to evaluate judges," The Riverfront Times reported. Read the full article in the Riverfront Times.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Oakville resident faces an uphill challenge in his bid to succeed Rep. Todd Akin in Washington.
In less than 10 days, voters in Missouri's new 2nd Congressional district, which spans parts of St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. While the frontrunner, Republican Ann Wagner is already in the "closing argument" phase of her campaign, Democrat Glenn Koenen is still trying to make first impressions. Koenen, the longtime Executive Director of the Circle of Concern Food Pantry, admits he doesn't have the name recognition and financial backing that Wagner, a former Ambassador and RNC Co-Chair, does. He also hasn't been helped by the Democratic Party's decision to stay on the sidelines, or the recount following his narrow win in the August primary against Harold Whitfied which not only cost him time on the campaign trail, but also money spent…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Campaign confirms the Missouri Senator has called off campaign events for the remainder of the week.
A campaign spokeswoman confirmed late Tuesday afternoon to Patch that Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is off the campaign trail for the rest of the week as her family rallies around her ailing mother, Betty Anne, 84. Earlier, the campaign told the Associated Press that "McCaskill and her siblings plan to be with their mother around-the-clock at the hospital and requested prayers and privacy," at a St. Louis hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Her Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Todd Akin, tweeted a link to the AP story along with words of support. "Our thoughts & prayers are with @clairecmc and her mother," the message said.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
WUSTL’s Peter Kastor says relationship between style and substance important, but precarious in the town hall format.
The first presidential debate was most striking for Gov. Mitt Romney’s aggressiveness and President Barack Obama’s rhetorical reserve, but the town hall format in the second debate provides an extra challenge for the candidates, says Peter Kastor, PhD, professor of history and American culture studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. The two debates also reveal one of the greatest challenges to candidates as they try to appear presidential: balancing emotional display with appropriate reserve. Kastor notes that there’s more to this than looking for smoke and mirrors. “The relationship between style and substance has often turned on a discussion of truthfulness (does a candidate use a particular style to cover the …