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Can You Explain Republican-Democrat Divide in Missouri?

How is it possible that Missourians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Republican presidential nominee, but also voted in a Democratic senator and four Democratic statewide officers?

Explain this, kind Missouri voters.

You overwhelmingly voted to give Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the 10 electoral votes that our state had up for grabs. By more than 450,000 votes, in fact, the state went red—as all the pundits had expected.

The presidential race headed the ballot, of course.

Close behind, however, were the race for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state.

With the exception of Peter Kinder's huge win for a third term as the state's No. 2, every other race went blue:

  • Democrat Claire McCaskill won re-election to the senate.
  • Democrat Chris Koster won re-election as attorney general.
  • Democrat Clint Zweifel won re-election as state treasurer.
  • Democrat Jason Kander won a wide open race for secretary of state — the only race that didn't involve an incumbent.

What does it mean? How can you explain the seemingly split personality of Missouri voters as manifested by Tuesday's election results? Please give us your analysis in the comments below.

Mike K November 15, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Yeah, but then again, we are the only state to have ever elected a dead guy.
John Long November 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I just decided to move to Colorado...
Sensible? I think so November 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Here's an interesting view of the election results: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151321923986667&set=a.53699096666.80512.605431666&type=1&ref=nf http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/img/WhatAmericaLooksLike-2012Election-ChrisHoward.jpg and how he (Chris Howard) created it: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2012/11/political-map-weve-been-waiting/3908/ That helps me visualize why the electoral vote map looks so misleading.
William Braudis November 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM
The racist Africans in American in Kansas City Missouri and Saint Louis, Missouri continue to vote for their " Free handout providers, the democrats ". They realize that the Republicans will cut off their supplies, forcing them to go out and get jobs.
rdb November 25, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I'm a little late to the party, but you just hit the nail on the head. I am so tired of the notion that you have to absolutely despise anyone who supports the opposing party. It's nauseating. The internet has played a huge role in this, unfortunately.

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