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.