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Jefferson City, Mo, — The ballot for the November general election of Missouri state and U.S. officials was sealed Tuesday, July 2, night as candidates for the two major parties Democratic and Republican were selected.
Secretary of State Jason Kander will now oppose incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt for the Missouri Senate seat open to election
Kander, a Democrat, has been Missouri Secretary of State since 2013. Before that he served two terms in the Missouri Legislature from ’09 to ’13 representing District 44.
Blunt was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2011 and before that had served in the U.S. House District 7 since 1997.
Kander won his primary election Tuesday night by receiving 222,769 votes. His closet opponent was Ferguson activist, pastor and Bernie Sanders endorsed candidate Cori Bush, who drew 42,255 votes. Chief Wana Dubie, previously known as Joseph Bickell, drew 30,340, and Robert Mack drew 23,378. Total vote for this race was 318,742.
GOP incumbent Roy Blunt drew 480,878 votes and blew away his closest rival Kristi Nichols who drew 133,894 votes. Also defeated were Ryan Luethy 29, 069, and Bernie Mouvinski, 18,801. Total GOP vote turnout was 662,842.
Democratic and Republican and candidates for other state offices were selected.
No incumbents were running for state office.
Winning the Democratic nomination for governor was Chris Koster with 255,466 votes.(Due to term limits, Democrat Governor Jay Nixon is not seeking re-election.) Also in the race were black Bishop Eric Morrison, Bernie Sanders endorsed, 31,364 votes, former Kansas City Mayor Charles Wheeler, 25,656 votes; and businessman Lenard Steinman, 11,874 votes.
Winning the Republican nomination for governor with 236,250 votes was Eric Greitens, former Navy SEAL, veterans advocate and “conservative outsider.” Also on the ballot were former U.S. Marine Capt. and manufacturing company owner John Brunner, 169,425 votes; Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, 141,498 votes; and former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, 136,350 votes.
Winning the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor with 242,389 votes was Russ Carnahan, former congressman and son of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan and former U.S. Sen. and author Jean Carnahan. Also on the ballot were State Rep. and black pastor Tommie Pierson, 38,529 votes; and singer/songwriter, former social studies teacher and political writer Winston Apple, Bernie Sanders endorsed, 38,280.
Winning the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor with 331,067 votes was State Rep. and Majority Whip, Mike Parson, farmer, former Polk County sheriff and former U.S. Army soldier. Also on the ballot were black Kansas City attorney Bev Randles, 281,777 votes; and frequent local candidate in the Cottleville area Arnie C. Dienoff, 29,838 votes.
Winning the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State with 240,762 votes was Robin Smith, former KMOV-TV news anchor, a member of several boards including St. Louis University, and real estate broker. Of several minority candidates for state office, she was the only one nominated; if she wins in November, she would be the first person of color to be elected to Missouri statewide office. Also running for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State were Bill Clinton Young — a black Kansas City resident who previously has lost primary races for the Missouri House, U.S. Senate and U.S. House, 50,111; and MD Rabi Alam — CEO of Minority Directed Small Business, math teacher, chairman of American Muslim Political Action Committee, chairman of the state and national Democratic Asian/American Caucuses, and former U.S. Army sergeant, raised in Bangladesh until 2000, Bernie Sanders endorsed, 20.742 votes.
Winning the Republican nomination for Secretary of State with 400.906 votes was John “Jay” Ashcroft, former engineer and engineering professor, now a lawyer; he is the son of John Ashcroft, former Missouri governor, U.S. Senator, Missouri and U.S. Attorney General. Also on the ballot were former State Rep., now State Sen. Will Kraus,226,211 votes; and educator and former administrator Roi Chinn, 26,606 votes.
Republican candidate for Missouri Attorney General is constitutional attorney and law professor Josh Hawley, who received 415,300 votes. State Sen. Kurt Schaeffer received 231,444 votes; he is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been an assistant Missouri Attorney General.
Democratic nominee for Attorney General is former Cass County Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Hensley, who received 167,003 votes. St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman received 149,911 votes; he is a former state representative and assistant attorney general.
Winning the Democratic nomination for state treasurer with 181,652 votes was Judy Baker, college professor, consultant, former state representative and former regional director of Health and Human Services. Also on the Ballot was Pat Contreras, a former Federal Reserve Bank employee and Foreign Service officer, who received 124,887 votes.
Unopposed as a Republican candidate for state treasurer was lawyer and State Sen. Eric Schmitt, who received 562,408 votes.
In the U.S. House of Representatives election for District 8, which covers most of the Hill ’n Hollerregion in Missouri, the Democratic candidate is running unopposed; Dave Cowell, a progressive and electronics store manager, drew 22,318 votes.
Incumbent GOP Jason Smith, who was elected to fill the seat created by the resignation of JoAnn Emerson, drew 65,441 votes .and blew away his opponents Todd Mahn, 11,561; Dr. Hal Brown, 15,337; and Phillip S.. Smith, 4,601.
Libertarian and Constitutional Party candidates were on the ballot but pulled a minimal number of votes. The Green Party is not (yet) registered to be on the Missouri ballot.