The Latest: Democrat Galloway keeps state auditor post

The Latest: Democrat Galloway keeps state auditor post

JEFFERSON CITY, Mon. (AP) – The Latest on the Midterm Election in Missouri (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

Democrat Nicole Galloway wants to continue to be the only Democrat elected to a statewide office in state government, after defeating Republican Saundra McDowell in Tuesday's election.

Galloway was appointed auditor by then-Gov. Jay Nixon in 2015 after the death of Tom Schweich. Before you serve as Boone County treasurer. Galloway said they have committed more than $ 300 million in waste and abuses, and resulted in nearly three dozen criminal charges.

McDowell, attorney who worked for two state offices, facing concerns about being in Missouri. The Missouri Constitution requires 10 years of residency at the time of election.

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11:15 p.m.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has conceded to Republican Josh Hawley in their tight race for the U.S. They have continued to fight for the principles they believe in.

McCaskill thanked Missourians for allowing her to serve in a long-term political career. She urged her supporters to "keep the fire burning, justice is around the corner."

She has said that she has said goodbye to her.

"Not anymore," she said with a smile. "I want to fight it out with you. I am not going away. I love this state and I will continue to serve. "

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11 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner has won the re-election, fighting off a political party.

Republican Wagner defeated 30-year-old Cort VanOstran to win her fourth term representing a suburban St. Louis district. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added the race to its "Red to Blue" list, putting it among Republican-held House chairs for takeover, because of Wagner's strong support for President Donald Trump.

VanOstran is a Harvard-educated lawyer who campaigned on defending the Affordable Care Act. His mother, who died of breast cancer in 2016, which is covered by the act. VanOstran said Republican efforts to overturn the act prompted his run for Congress.

Wagner's campaign featured ads highlighting efforts at battle sex trafficking.

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10:50 p.m.

Republican Josh Hawley has unseated Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in a national victory for the GOP.

Voters on Tuesday elected the 38-year-old attorney general to the U.S. Senate.

Republicans have long hoped to flip McCaskill's seat in the increasingly Republican state. Missouri was once considered a bellwether known for picking the successful presidential candidate, but it's since that status and is trended right.

President Donald Trump won the state by nearly 19 percentage points. Hawley pinned his campaign to his support for the president.

McCaskill was one of 10 Democratic Senate incumbents up for re-election in Trump won.

She won re-election in 2012 after Republican candidate Todd Akin said women's bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

10:35 p.m.

Missouri voters have said they would have to pay the state's gas to help pay for road and bridge improvements.

Proposition D, voted down on Tuesday, would have increased the state's 17-cent-per-gallon tax, which is among the lowest in the nation, by 10 cents a gallon. In addition to road and bridge repairs, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has been helped.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson says the state's infrastructure needs are long overdue. SaferMO.com, the group advocating for the gas tax, paid for Parson's tour.

The Republican-led Legislature referred the measure to the ballot this year.

Missouri voters have a long history of saying no to tax increases. Since voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1996 requiring all tax increases over a certain amount to go to a statewide vote.

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10:30 p.m.

Minimum wage workers in Missouri will soon get a boost in pay after voters on Tuesday approved.

The current minimum wage in Missouri is $ 7.85 an hour. Proposition B wants to get the start to $ 8.60 an hour in 2019 and gradually increase to $ 12 an hour by 2023. The organization's Raise Up Missouri turned into more than 120,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

The effort got a boost in September when a Washington, D.C.-based dark money non-profit, The Sixteen Thirty Fund, donated $ 3 million to Raise Up Missouri. The Kansas City Star reported it was the biggest single contributor in the last two years.

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10:15 p.m.

Marijuana's measures were turned down.

Missouri voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 2, a ballot measure backed by a coalition of patients called New Approach Missouri. It's one of three unrelated medical marijuana measures on the ballot.

Under Amendment 2, post-traumatic stress disorder is among the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana, along with cancer and other serious illnesses. A 4 percent sales tax wants to go to a newly created fund for health and care services for veterans. The sales tax revenue thus wants to be used to administer licensing of medical marijuana businesses.

Voters turned down Amendment 3, which would be a new state institute for research on "presently incurable diseases." Brad Bradshaw.

So defeated as Proposition C, which would have imposed a 2 percent tax on the sale of medical marijuana.

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10 p.m.

Republican Billy Long wants to represent once again southwestern Missouri in Congress.

Missouri's 7th District on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Jamie Schoolcraft.

Long, who is 62 and lives in Springfield, which was elected in 2010 and has never been seriously challenged in subsequent elections. The district is among the most conservative in Missouri. Long is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

Schoolcraft is a physician assistant, Army National Guardsman and former mayor of Willard. He campaigned on the need for increased access to health care, supported a higher minimum wage, and wanted to increase funding for public education (backslash)

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9:55 p.m.

Jason Smith has won re-election in Missouri's 8th District, defeating Democrat Kathy Ellis in Tuesday's election.

Smith has represented the district that covers the southeastern corner of Missouri since 2013, when Jo Ann Emerson became the CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Smith, who is 38, is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump.

Smith sponsored a bill last month that seeks to fight. The bill thus establishes a system for the storage and disposal of unused opioid prescriptions.

Ellis is a psychotherapist and addiction counselor from Jefferson County. The first-time candidate has said she was "saddened and angry" about the election of Trump.

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9:50 p.m.

Missouri voters have approved a state constitutional amendment that wants to create a new position of nonpartisan demographer to draw state House and Senate boundaries.

Amendment 1, the so-called "Clean Missouri" measure, requires the demographer to draw down the boundaries of the law in the 2020 Census using criteria intended to achieve partisan fairness. Maps wants to be submitted for approval to bipartisan commissions, which will have less leeway than in the past to draft their own plans.

The measure also gives the lobbyists gifts to lawmakers, makes legislative records open to the public, lowers.

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9:35 p.m.

Incumbent Republican Vicky Hartzler has won re-election in Missouri's 4th Congressional District.

Hartzler defeated Democrat Renee Hoagenson on Tuesday to a fifth term in the House. The district covers west-central Missouri.

Hoagenson, a 51-year-old single mother from Columbia, works in media and marketing. Hartzler's support for President Donald Trump, but no avail.

Hartzler, who is 57, has long been a Supporter of Trump, even before his election in 2016.

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9:30 p.m.

Rep. Of Republican Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer has a large area of ​​Missouri in Congress.

Luetkemeyer, of St. Elizabeth, defeated Democrat Katy Geppert of St. Charles in Missouri's 3rd District on Tuesday. The district covers part of the St. Louis area and much of east-central Missouri.

Luetkemeyer is 66 and a member of the House Financial Services Committee and vice chairman of the Small Business Committee.

Geppert works as a scientist and faced uphill challenge in the heavily-Republican district.

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9:20 p.m.

Emanuel Cleaver has been re-elected to Congress after defeating a familiar Republican foe.

Cleaver, a Democrat and former Mayor of Kansas City, won his eighth term Tuesday with a win over Jacob Turk. It marked the seventh consecutive general election in which the two men squared off. Cleaver has won all seven.

The district covers Kansas City and part of the surrounding area.

Their previous matchups have been ranged from close to blow-out wins for the 73-year-old cleaver. The closest races were in 2010, when Cleaver won by a 53-44 percent margin, and in 2014, when Cleaver won with 52 percent of Turk's 45 percent.

Turk's campaign focused on making the border more secure.

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9:10 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Sam Graves has a 10th term in office.

Graves on Tuesday defeated Democrat Henry Martin in Missouri's 6th District, which covers a wide swath of rural Northern Missouri.

Martin, an Army veteran, defeated two other candidates in the month of August.

Graves, of Tarkio, narrowly defeated Democrat Steve Danner in 2000, but has won easily in every general election since then.

Graves serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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8:45 p.m.

Veteran Democrat William Lacy Clay wants to be back to Washington for a 10th term in Congress.

Clay, of St. Louis, defeated Republican challenger Robert Vroman in Tuesday's general election.

Clay was first elected in 2000, succeeding his father, Bill Clay, who served 32 years before retiring. The district covers St. Louis city and north St. Louis County.

Clay is a strong proponent of universal health care. So it is outspoken in support of measures aimed at police accountability.

Vroman narrowly defeated two other candidates in the August primary, but faced long odds in attempting to unseat Clay in a heavily-democratic district.

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7:30 p.m.

Polls have now closed in Missouri, where voters are decoding the fate of a key. Senate race, the state auditor's race, and several ballot initiatives.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, people already in line at poll closing time allowed to vote.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, are in a tight race for a seat that could help control the Senate. Republicans entered Tuesday with a slim 51-49 advantage.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway is being challenged by Republican Saundra McDowell. McCaskill and Galloway are Missouri's only statewide elected Democrats.

Voters are therefore separate medical marijuana issues, whether to raise the state minimum wage, or to increase the state gas tax to pay for road and bridge improvements, and how to approve a plan that would.

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7:10 p.m.

Voters at one polling site in Callaway County cast their ballots in a Catholic Church's gymnasium that's displaying anti-abortion posters.

At least two voters complained to Callaway County's Clerk's office and the Secretary of State's office over the posters at St. Andrew's Church in Holt's Summit.

Missouri law prohibits electioneering within 25 feet of a polling location.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Maura Browning said the law applies to candidates or those who are on the ballot. Because there is no abortion-related question on the Callaway County or state ballot, the signs are not considered and have not been removed.

Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said she was in charge of the state's office after receiving a complaint.

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5:15 p.m.

A voter in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson calls it "disgraceful" that's a ballot delivery.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Michael Kelly arrived early Tuesday to vote at Lee Hamilton's elementary school that became famous after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. He was told there were no paper ballots, according to Kelly he waited nearly 45 minutes for an electronic ballot.

Kelly says some would-be voters did not wait and left.

The St. Louis County Election Board's Democratic director, Eric Fey, says paper ballots were taken. But when the package was opened, it was discovered that only the top few ballots were the correct ones for that polling place.

Fey says the correct ballots were delivered within an hour.

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4:45 p.m.

Many Missouri voters who support medical marijuana are saying they've come to the idea that if it helps people who are ailing, it's worth it.

Missouri voters on Tuesday faced three separate ballot initiatives that would allow for medical marijuana. The Missouri Secretary of State's Office has a formula for what happens if more than one pass, but experts believe that if that happens, it could be silent end up in court.

Mary Wartick, a 71-year-old retiree in Chesterfield, voted for Amendment 2 but against the other two medical marijuana proposals. Several voters in Chesterfield say they have a relationship with cancer, glaucoma and other medical problems benefit from marijuana.

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4:30 p.m.

Some voters in the west of St. Louis County are making it clear that for them, the midterm election is a referendum on the performance of President Donald Trump.

Turning to the St. Louis area on Tuesday, with people lined up at the polling places.

At Chesterfield City Hall, 59-year-old Stacy Neuman said she raised the Republican but two years ago, after Trump was elected.

For this election, Neuman says she's voted a straight Democratic ticket. She figures incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to be more of a watchdog of Trump than the Republican candidate, Josh Hawley, who has frequently campaigned with the president.

Another voter, 57-year-old Stacy Carey of Chesterfield, voted for McCaskill with Trump in at least She's opposed to his harsh stance on immigration.

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1:45 p.m.

Marian Velder, a 59-year-old woman from Liberty, Missouri, voted Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley because she is "done" with Democrats.

"I've had it up to here," said Velder, while putting her hand above her head. "I'm never voting for a Democrat again."

Velder said she once voted for Democrats but President Donald Trump has her eyes to "undercurrent of liberalism" across the country. She said Democrats no longer stood for the idealism she believed in past decades.

Nicholas Bowers, of Liberty, said he voted for Democrat. Sen. Claire McCaskill in part because he was disappointed with how.

Bowers, 28, a worker for Ford Motor Co., said he was upset with the attorney's general support of a law-to-work law and his "ridiculous" investigation into former Gov. Eric Greitens, 'who faced several scandals before he resigned in June.

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12:20 p.m.

Voters are experiencing some problems as they are casting their ballots in Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports that at the Coves Clubhouse in northern Kansas City. Platte County Board of Elections director Wendy Flanigan says voters were able to continue voting during the outage. The ballots were submitted to an emergency compartment so they could be back into the reader when power was restored.

Clay County Board of Election Commissioners director Patty Lamb says there are some issues with some voters.

In Jackson County, a ballot counter at the Lee's Summit City Hall was down for about 20 minutes before a different machine was brought in.

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11:50 a.m.

The Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill can withstand a challenge from Republican Josh Hawley.

In south st. Louis, 37-year-old Amanda Cline waited almost an hour for a ballot. She told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it "almost feels like a presidential election." She says it's "good to see a lot of people."

Outside Rock Bridge Christian Church, Columbia, The line started forming before the doors opened. Poll volunteer Lisa Glass told the Columbia Missourian that she's the most voters she has ever seen.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller described the lines as steady. The Springfield News Leader reports that by 10 a.m. Tuesday, 12 percent of all active voters in the county had cast their ballots.

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6:15 a.m.

Democrat Claire McCaskill back to the senate and approve ballot measures that would raise the minimum risk and allow medical marijuana.

McCaskill is running against Josh Hawley, the young challenger backed by President Donald Trump. Hawley, the 38-year-old, Ivy-league educated state attorney general, says the 65-year-old McCaskill is too liberal for Missouri. Trump won the state by 19 points in 2016.

McCaskill campaigned as a moderate and focused on health care issues. Republicans badly want to defeat McCaskill after she survived in 2012 when her opponent made a major gaffe.

Missouri voters wants to have face ballot measures. Tuesday to raise the gas tax and a major change to drawing district boundaries after the 2020 census.

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10:03 p.m.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has survived near-political death in the Red State of Missouri.

Josh Hawley, the young challenger backed by President Donald Trump, wants Voters on Tuesday to decide whether to re-elect.

Hawley, the 38-year-old, Ivy-league educated state attorney general, says the 65-year-old McCaskill is too liberal for Missouri. Trump won the state by 19 points in 2016.

McCaskill campaigned as a moderate and focused on health care issues.

Republicans badly want to defeat McCaskill after she survived in 2012 when her opponent made a major gaffe.

Missouri voters, therefore, wants to have a number of separate ballot measures including three separate proposals for medical marijuana, a measure to raise the minimum wage, one to raise the gas tax and a major change to the drawing area boundaries after the 2020 census.

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