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Democrat Wins State Auditor's Race

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Democrat Susan Montee won the state auditor's race, besting her republican opponent Sandra Thomas. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Democrat Susan Montee won the state auditor's race, besting her republican opponent Sandra Thomas.

In an interview with KSMU early this morning, Montee talked about why she believes she won the race.

As for her priorities for the auditor's office, Montee says she hopes to set up a program to assist small counties that the state audits.

And she says she plans to do a performance audit of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority or MOHELA.

Governor Matt Blunt had proposed selling MOHELA assets to fund college construction projects.

The MOHELA board has decided to let lawmakers vote on the proposal before moving ahead with the sale.

Montee says she wants to audit MOHELA before lawmakers make their decision.

Even though Montee says one of her first priorities will be taking a close look at the Republican-backed plan to sell some MOHELA assets, she says he won't be partisan.

She says the auditor should not have a political agenda.

Montee will be sworn in as state auditor in January. She'll replace Democrat Claire McCaskill who won the U-S Senate seat in Tuesday's election.