KSMU's 2018 Election Coverage

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Missouri retains its status as having the second-lowest gas tax in the United States after voters declined Tuesday to raise it to 27 cents a gallon by 2022.

St. Louis Public Radio’s political trio – Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann – did a postmortem of Tuesday’s election results on the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast.

Missouri voters approved a sweeping overhaul of state legislative redistricting, raising the minimum wage and legalizing medical marijuana, but rejected a gas tax increase.

Of all of the initiative petitions on Tuesday’s ballot, the most contentious was Clean Missouri — on the ballot as Amendment 1. Voters approved it by a wide margin — 59-40, with close to 60 percent of the votes reported — a result propelled by a well-organized and well-funded campaign. Passage is a huge victory for Democratic activists seeking to advance their party’s state House and Senate prospects after the next census.

Bailey Vassalli / KSMU

It was supposed to be neck-and-neck, but Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won Missouri’s US Senate seat by a solid margin, ousting incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill.  Early morning preliminary results showed Hawley, a Republican, at about a six percent advantage over his Democratic rival.

Hawley started off his victory speech by thanking President Donald Trump.  Hawley said he spoke with Trump on the phone and thanked him shortly before taking the stage in Springfield Tuesday night.  Trump made multiple appearances at campaign rallies for Hawley in Missouri this fall.

Greene County Courthouse
Chloe O'Neill / KSMU

It was a night of victory for Republicans in Greene County elections as they swept five local seats.

For Greene County Presiding Commissioner, Bob Dixon defeated his opponent Sara Lampe;  Dixon carried about 58 percent of the vote.

For Circuit Clerk in the county, Thomas Barr defeated Chris Prather.

And incumbent Shane Schoeller defeated Maggie Tuck to hold onto his seat of Greene County Clerk.

For Recorder of Deeds, Cheryl Dawson-Spaulding defeated her opponent, Democrat Jamille Jones.