2018 Missouri General Election Update

November 07, 2018

MISSOURI GENERAL ELECTION UPDATE – REPUBLICANS RETAIN SUPERMAJORITIES IN LEGISLATURE

On November 6th, Missouri had almost a 58% voter turnout to decide several key races and seven ballot questions. Overall, the Republicans had a very successful night as they retained the Constitutional majorities in both chambers. The Missouri Senate breakdown remains the same at 24 Republicans and 10 Democrats. The Missouri House majority also remained the same at 116 Republicans and 47 Democrats. Three House Incumbent lawmakers were defeated including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City). The Missouri House will meet today to vote on leadership races, while the Missouri Senate will caucus on Thursday. The Missouri Senate will be selecting a new Senate President and Majority Floor Leader as both positions will be vacated due to legislative term-limits.

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH HAWLEY (R) ELECTED TO US SENATE OVER INCUMBENT CLAIRE McCASKILL (D)

The Missouri US Senate race between Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) received national attention and was the biggest draw to the polling locations as an estimated $70 million was spent by both parties and candidates. As the race was constantly reported as a toss-up in the media, Hawley ultimately won by 53% of the vote to McCaskill’s 44% with third-party candidates taking 3%. Upon taking office, Governor Mike Parson (R) will be faced with appointing a replacement for the Attorney General position to fill out the remaining two years of Hawley’s term.

STATE AUDITOR GALLOWAY ELECTED TO A FOUR YEAR TERM

Current State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) easily won her election to continue as the State Auditor by a margin of 5 points over political newcomer Saundra McDowell (R). Galloway has been serving as Missouri Auditor since the surprising passing of former Auditor Tom Schweich (R) four years ago. Galloway was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon (D) and remains the only statewide elected official from the Democrat party.

BALLOT QUESTIONS – MEDICINAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZED, ROAD TAX FAILS

Missouri voters were faced with 7 ballot measures on Tuesday night and four passed as follows:

Constitutional Amendment 1 – CAMPAIGN, ETHICS AND RE-DISTRICTING:

Passed 62%

“Clean Missouri” that enacts several campaign finance and lobbying reforms and restructures legislative reapportionment process

Constitutional Amendment 2 – MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Passed 65%

“New Approach Missouri” that allows use of marijuana for medical purposes with a 4% tax for veterans programs

Constitutional Amendment 3 – MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Failed 31%

Would have allowed use of marijuana for medical purposes with a 15% tax for cancer research.

Constitutional Amendment 4 – BINGO GAMES: Passed 52%

Allows bingo game operators to advertise and conduct games with members of the organization for at least 6 months, rather than two years

Proposition B – MINIMUM WAGE: Passed 62%

Increases state minimum wage to $8.60/hour with an 85 cents per hour increase each year until 2023 when the state minimum wage will be $12.00/hour

Proposition C – MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Failed 43%

“Missourians for Patient Care” would have allowed personal use and possession of medical cannabis with a qualifying medical prescription and taxed at 2% for various services and enforcement

Proposition D – FUEL TAX INCREASE: Failed 46%

Would have raised the state gas tax by two and one-half cents per year for four years to total a ten cent gas tax increase to provide funds for law enforcement and local road construction and maintenance

Source: Lathrop Gage Consulting