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Election Night 11:20PM Tuesday

KSMU's Missy Shelton provides an update on tonight's election.

Shelton: I'm joined now by Missouri State University political science professor Mark Rushefsky. Things remain tight in the U.S. Senate race.

Rushefsky: The race is tightening up. The Talent lead has been cut in about half and some of the bigger cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, haven't really reported yet. Nobody is projecting the winner as this race continues to get closer.

Shelton: Is this race truly going to be the nail-biter that analysts have predicted it was going to be?

Rushefsky: It is beginning to look that way. I didn't think this was going to be the case some time ago when Talent had a twelve point lead. This race is going to be a nail-biter for both parties and it continues to tighten up as this election may be one of the elections that determines who controls the Senate. Democrats seem to have taken control of the House but the Senate is still up in the air.

Shelton: Everyone is looking to Missouri.

Rushefsky: Missouri is a key state. The election results there may be the deciding factor by the end of the evening.

Shelton: We go now to KSMU reporter Emily Nash. She has spent the evening at the old courthouse in downtown Springfield with Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff and his staff. Emily, what has been going on there this evening?

Nash: Well, it's been a busy evening. The various precincts from around the county have been coming and having their ballots double-checked and recounted so that they can have the final numbers for the counties.

Shelton: Have there been any problems?

Nash: Well, there have been very minor problems. The biggest problem so far concerns First Roberson Precinct. The precinct has a discrepancy of approximately thirty votes concerning the ballots that they have and the actual ballots they are supposed to have.

Shelton: How is this situation being handled?

Nash: Well, they're recounting by hand. But they said that nothing can be done, for the most part, for about two days. They said they are going to examine this further and are unsure of the cause of the discrepancy.

Shelton: Have you talked to Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff about voter turnout?

Nash: I did. He said that there was an exceptionally large turnout. He said that there was about 56% voter turnout for the day of the election.

Shelton: I'm joined now by reporter Hillari Duthoo. She has spent the evening with the campaign watch party for Democratic State Auditor Candidate Susan Montee. Montee's opponent is republican Sandra Thomas. Hillari Duthoo has this report from St. Joseph.

Duthoo: I'm reporting live from the Montee Law Firm in St. Joseph. Susan Montee is holding on to the lead over the republican candidate Sandra Thomas. Thomas lost in her home county tonight to Montee. If Montee does win she will be the first person from Buchanan County to hold state office in 126 years. Hillari Duthoo, KSMU news.