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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • 5 Things to Know after Tuesday's Mo. elections

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  • Voters in Missouri decided one of the state's most packed ballots in years Tuesday, casting their votes on everything from the president and U.S. Senate to tobacco taxes. Here are five things to know about Tuesday's outcomes:
    1. INTERESTING POLITICAL DIVIDE
    Is Missouri a house divided? Voters in the Show-Me State overwhelming picked Republican Mitt Romney over eventual winner President Barack Obama. Yet Missourians also went strongly Democratic in re-electing Jay Nixon to governor and Claire McCaskill to the U.S. Senate.
    2. McCASKILL'S SENATE STRATEGY PAYS OFF
    Political watchers said U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill got the matchup she wanted when GOP Rep. Todd Akin won his party's primary. The thinking was Akin's victory in August would give McCaskill a chance to paint Akin as too extreme for Missourians. He appeared to play into the strategy with his televised comments after the primary that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy during what he called "legitimate rape." The gaffe was the ultimate game-changer for a race Republicans thought they could win.
    3. AKIN COULDN'T RECOVER FROM 'RAPE' COMMENT
    Akin's remark that women's bodies have a way of preventing pregnancy after "legitimate rape" turned off many Missourians, strongly suggesting that it sunk his chances. Nearly two-thirds of voters said that, at the very least, they gave the comment some consideration in the voting booth — and most them sided with McCaskill.
    4. UP IN SMOKE
    For the third time in a decade, Missourians turned back an increase in the tobacco tax. Voters said no to raising the tax on tobacco from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents. Like in 2002 and 2006, voters decided the tax was fine where it is. Will advocates for the increase try a fourth time?
    5. INCUMBENTS SWEEP BACK TO CONGRESS All incumbents from Missouri kept their seats in the U.S. House on Tuesday. They welcomed Republican Ann Wagner, who won the 2nd District sea that was opened when Akin left for his failed Senate bid. Perhaps the most closely-watched race, in mid-Missouri's 4th District, was won handily by incumbent Republican Vicky Hartzler, who won 60 percent of the vote over Democrat Teresa Hensley.
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