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Live blog: Smart Decision 2014 election results and reaction

Posted: Aug 6, 2014 12:14 AM by John Zupon, Jr., KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director
Updated: Aug 6, 2014 9:43 AM

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COLUMBIA - By a very narrow margin, Amendment One, known as the "Right to Farm" measure, was approved by Missouri voters Tuesday.

Just 2,528 votes made the difference between "yes" and "no." You can see complete results on our elections page.

Supporters had argued Amendment One was necessary to protect family farms from outside interests while opponents said it would allow corporate giants to gain a foothold in the state.

The Humane Society of Missouri and other animal shelters campaigned hard against the amendment, saying it would allow dog breeders to run overcrowded puppy mills.

(Editor's Note: The lead of this story was edited to clarify the results on Amendment One.)

Voters said "yes" to amendments that extend the right to bear arms and electronic privacy (by protecting cellphones and other devices from unwarranted searches).

Two other amendments failed: Amendment Seven, a proposed sales tax to fund transportation projects and Amendment Eight, a veterans lottery proposal.

Incumbent candidates prevailed in primary races.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer won in the U.S. 3rd District Republican primary, while Rep. Vicky Hartzler won the 4th District Republican primary. In the 6th District Republican primary, the win went to incumbent San Graves.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II dominated in the 5th District Democratic primary in a field split by four opponents.

Boone County voters defeated Proposition Epic, which would have funded parks and recreation projects.

In Ashland, voters approved a $7 million bond issue for waters and sewers.

This live blog tabulated results and reaction throughout Tuesday evening.

At 12: 04 a.m. , with 100% of precincts reporting, the vote broke down as follows:

Amendment One ("Right to Farm") - Statistical dead heat at 50 percent opposing and 50 percent supporting. "Yes" prevails by simple majority with 498,751 votes.

Amendment Five (Right to bear arms) - Yes 62 percent, No 38 percent

Amendment Seven (transportation sales tax) - Yes 41 percent, No 59 percent

Amendment Eight (veterans lottery) - Yes 45 percent, No 55 percent

Amendment Nine (electronic privacy) - Yes 75 percent, No 25 percent

At 10:55 p.m., with 95 percent of precincts reporting, the vote on Amendment One (Right to Farm) was incredibly tight: 51 percent "yes" and 49 percent "no."

At 10:52 p.m. MoDOT released a statement on the failure of Amendment Seven, a transportation sales tax. Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission said, "As we have seen for the past several years, I think Missourians have a clear understanding that more resources need to be invested in our transportation infrastructure, but there just isn't any consensus on how to pay for it. We need to continue working toward that end."

At 10:18 p.m., with 67 percent of precincts reporting,the results for various constitutional amendments were as follows:

Amendment One (Right to Farm) - 54 percent yes, 46 percent no; Amendment Five (gun rights) - 66 percent yes, 44 percent no; Amendment Seven (transportation sales tax - 42 percent yes, 58 percent no; Amendment Eight (veterans lottery) - 46 percent yes, 54 percent no; Amendment Nine (electronic privacy) - 77 percent yes, 23 percent no.

At 10:07 p.m., with 97 percent of precincts reporting, Herschel L. Young was ahead in the U.S. 4th District Libertarian primary, with 54 percent of the vote, compared to 46 percent for Randall (Randy) Langskraeh.

At 10:02 p.m. - with 99 percent of precincts reporting in the U.S. House 3rd District Democrat primary, Courtney Denton had won 55 percent of the vote to Velma Steinman's 45%.

With 97% of precincts reporting in the U.S. 4th District Republican primary, Vicky Hartzler had 75 percent of the votes, compared to 25 percent for John Webb.

At 9:49 p.m., with 45 percent of precincts reporting, Amendment One (Right to Farm) was succeeding, with 57 percent voting "yes."

At 9:24 p.m., with 22% of votes in, Boone County's Proposition EPIC was failing by a 64-36 percent margin.

At 9:20 p.m. - U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer declared victory in the Repubican primary for the 3rd Congressional District. A statement to the media said: "This congressional seat does not belong to me but rather belongs to the people of the 3rd Congressional District and tonight I am honored that voters have seen fit to allow me to represent them in the General Election this November." With 99% of precincts reporting, Luetkemeyer won 80 percent of the vote.

At 9:07 p.m., with 26% of precincts reporting, the results for various constitutional amendments were as follows:

Amendment One (Right to Farm) - 57 percent yes, 43% no; Amendment Five (gun rights) - 70 percent yes, 30 percent no; Amendment Seven (transportation sales tax - 43 percent yes, 57 percent no; Amendment Eight (veterans lottery) - 47 percent yes, 53 percent no; Amendment Nine (electronic privacy) - 79 percent yes, 21 percent no.

At 8:49 p.m., with 10 percent of precincts reporting, 56 percent of votes were "no" on Amendment Seven (transportation sales tax).

At 8:44 p.m., with 10 percent of precincts reporting, 59 percent of voters were in the "yes" category on Amendment One (Right to Farm), with 41 percent voting "no."

At 8:37 p.m., with 5 percent of precincts reporting, 44 percent of voters had said "yes" to Amendment Seven (the transportation sales tax), while 56 percent had voted "no."

At 8:26, with 2 percent of precincts reporting, Blaine Luetkemeyer led Leonard Steinman and John Morris in House District 3 Republican primary with 79 percent of the vote.

With 9 percent of precincts reporting, Vicky Hartzler led John Webb in the District 4 Republican primary, with 79 percent of the vote.

In the District 5 House Democratic primary, Emanual Cleaver II led his four opponents, with 73 percent of the vote.

At 8:12 p.m., with 2 percent of precincts reporting, the votes were as follows:

Amendment One (Right to Farm) - 62 percent yes, 38 percent no; Amendment Five (gun rights) - 73 percent yes, 27 percent no; Amendment Seven (transportation sales tax - 45 percent yes, 55 percent no; Amendment Eight (veterans lottery) - 50 percent yes, 50 percent no; Amendment Nine (electronic privacy) - 80 percent yes, 20 percent no.

At 8 p.m., the first results on Boone County's Proposition EPIC, a sales tax to fund parks and recreation projects, was failing with 60 percent of voters saying "no."

Even after the polls closed, Twitter users were taking sides on Amendment One.

At 7:34 p.m., with 2 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler lead her District Four opponent John Webb 74-26 percent.

In District Six, Republican Same Graves led his three opponents, with 75 percent of the vote, while Democrat W.A. (Bill) Hedge was ahead of his two opponents with 48 percent of the vote.

At 7:17 p.m. with 1 percent of precincts reporting, Amendment One, known as the "Right to Farm" measure was getting strong support, with 72 percent of voters saying "yes."

Amendment Seven, which calls for a 3/4 cent sales tax to fund transportation projects, was tighter, with 56 percent voting "yes" and 44 percent voting no.

The vote on Amendment Eight, a veterans lottery ticket, was dead even.

Earlier in the day Twitter users showed both support and opposition to Amendment One.

Fewer people were talking about the Amendment Seven sales tax for transportation funding.

Throughout the day, people expressed their pride at performing their "civic duty" to vote.

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