Election Night 2016

Kip Kendrick / Missouri House

In District 44, Democratic incumbent Kip Kendrick won his race for District 45 Missouri State Representative against independent William Lee with more than 70 percent of the vote. Kendrick says that the parties need to come together now more than ever.

“There are so many issues facing this state, facing this nation that are non-partisan that affect everyone. We’ve got to get back to that. We’ve got to turn down the rhetoric. We’ve got to start healing this nation and healing this state," Kendrick said.

Sarah Kellogg

Residents all over the state of Missouri cast their ballot for the next president on Tuesday. In what’s been called one of the most polarizing elections in history, Residents at watch parties in Columbia and Jefferson City talked to KBIA reporters about their reactions to Donald Trump winning the presidency.

Michaela Tucker
KBIA

“This is crazy.”

The words of 10-year-old Elena Hoffman seemed to echo the sentiment of many of the partygoers at Ragtag Cinema’s election night watch party on November 8.

The party, which was billed as a bi-partisan gathering, drew mostly Clinton-supporters. Attendees could spend their evening waiting for results at either the bar, the large theater that aired CNN coverage or the small theater that aired the PBS telecast.

Tracy Lane, the executive director of Ragtag, estimated that nearly 200 people were in attendance by 8 p.m.

Residents in Missouri's 47th District voted to reelect state Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to his second term in political office. The victory came after his opponent, Democratic retired teacher Susan McClintic, conceded the race to the incumbent representative on Tuesday's election night. But memories of Basye's of his narrow win over John Wright in 2014's race had him a bit uneasy before the election. 

Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Democrat Judy Baker lost the race for Missouri State Treasurer to Republican Eric Schmidt.

Baker is not new to running for political office having served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008. During this time Baker served on the Healthy Missouri Caucus. She then served as the Health and Human Services regional director of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska from 2009 to 2011.

Baker had hoped to combine this experience with her experience as a former economics professor to address the causes poverty in Missouri.

Lexie Stoker / KBIA

The Cole County Republican watch party at the Millbottom in Jefferson City saw many different candidates and elected officials make appearances.  Jeff Hoelscher was there for the whole night and was reelected as the Eastern District Commissioner for Cole County.  He said that he was thankful people trusted him enough to give him a third term.  When asked about goals, he said “I think one of them is going to be the employee salaries, we want to be competitive try and keep good employees.

student center
Riley Beggin / KBIA

Nearly 11 million new people have become eligible to vote since the last presidential election. On a university campus, they’re easy to come by.

At the MU student center, students gathered to watch as the results rolled in from their first-ever presidential vote.

Kander Casts His Vote in Columbia

Nov 8, 2016
KBIA / Kristofor Husted

Missouri Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander started out his Tuesday campaigning in St. Louis, then began making his way to Kansas City to finish his statewide campaign. He did make one pit stop, though, in his home town of Columbia to cast his own ballot.

Kander, a Democrat, cast his vote around noon at Community Methodist Church in Columbia. He has returned to this location to vote for several years and says that he recognizes many of the volunteers.

“It’s pretty exciting,” he said.” We have all the momentum in the race. We really feel that we have the lead in the race. It’s really about making sure people get out to vote,” Kander said he was happy to vote with his wife and son. “My three year old has been wishing everyone a happy election day so, we’re having a pretty good time,” Kander said.

New Poll Predicts Close Races for Missouri Elections

Nov 8, 2016
KBIA / Kristofor Husted

A new poll predicts Missouri election results for may come down to the wire.

According to a Monmouth University Poll, Missouri elections are so close, candidates for the U.S. senate and governor are polling within 1 percent or less of each other.

The poll places incumbent Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, holding a 1 percent lead to Democrat Jason Kander. The numbers show Blunt polling at 47 percent, Kander at 46 percent and Libertarian Jonathan Dine at 2 percent of the vote.

The race for governor is even closer: a virtual tie. The poll has Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican Navy SEAL Eric Greitens each at 4

6 percent of the vote and 2 percent for Libertarian Cisse Spragins.

The races are so close it has many voters choosing people instead of parties.

Many MU students stopped by multiple voting stations on MU campus including Memorial Union and Reynolds Alumni Center to make their voice heard in a crucial election that can reshape the country’s political climate.

Some of the students waiting in line were first-time voters for president. Industrial engineering sophomore Conner Brown said participating in the general election made him “feel like an adult.” Brown holds a negative view on this year’s candidates. “I think that the candidates this year just don’t accurately represent the American population,” he said.

KBIA / Kristofor Husted

Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape. Missouri election officials had predicted record turnout even before voters began heading to the polls Tuesday.

In St. Louis, lines formed before dawn. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that some voters arrived an hour before the polls opened. Across the state, The Kansas City Star reports unusually long lines in some areas. Fifty-six-year-old Jim Duff says the line he encountered at a south Kansas City church is the longest he's ever experienced.

KBIA/Kristofor Husted

Professor of law and journalism at the University of Missouri Richard Reuben discusses Constitutional Amendment 6 in Missouri, which appears on ballots today. KBIA's Molly Olmstead spoke with Reuben about how the proposed amendment could impact identification requirements for future voters, and how it relates to past voter ID laws. 


roy blunt
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In eight previous elections for federal office, Roy Blunt has never had a close race. He appears to be facing one now.

Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide if Blunt, a Republican who was elected seven times to the House before easily winning election to the Senate in 2010, can fend off Democratic challenger Jason Kander.

Dave Ingraham / Flickr

Two former party-switchers are running to become Missouri's next governor, but that's where the similarities end in the race between Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.

The race to succeed Jay Nixon and lead state government is coming down to a vivid choice between experience and a fresh start.