Republican Roy Blunt Wins Missouri Senate Race
Blunt carried 54 percent of the vote to Carnahan's 41 percent, with a handful of precincts left to report early Wednesday. The Republican claimed victory just after 10 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Springfield, which followed a concession speech from Carnahan.
In front of 500 cheering supporters, Blunt attacked Congress and President Barack Obama's policies, never mentioning in his speech that he is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. House.
"Americans are going to decide, are we going to live in a country where government is bigger than the people, or are we going to live in a country where the people are bigger than the government?" Blunt said. "The people are going to win. Freedom is going to win."
Blunt also called the election "a campaign about the issues," despite the flurry of negative attack ads that aired throughout the fall. Blunt never mentioned Carnahan by name in his acceptance speech.
Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, also a Republican, joined his father on the stage. Other members of the family joined Roy Blunt, too.
Carnahan conceded at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis in front about 200 supporters. She began by saying she had bad news -- she had lost.
But then, Carnahan said she has faced tougher losses before and said this wasn't the end of her political journey.
“I also know this is not the end of our journey, or the endof the cause that bring us together,” Carnahan said.
Carnahan said she spoke to Blunt by phone just before her speech, and challenged him and all other elected officials to do better inWashington.
“There are things to fix still in this country, and there’s no time to waste," she said."
Some supporters stayed positive after the loss and had positive words for the Democratic Party’s future.
“I think people are tired, it’s a little rough,” said Cathy Sherwin, a spokesman of the Missouri AFL- CIO. “We’ve lost before in Missouri, we’ve won i nMissouri. It feels a lot better to win, and so we’ll organize to win next time.
Carnahan ended her speech by asking people to stay engaged in the political process and “keep the fire alive.”