Brunner Falls Short, Loses Missouri Primary

7 years 1 week 5 days ago Wednesday, August 08 2012 Aug 8, 2012 Wednesday, August 08, 2012 1:42:00 AM CDT August 08, 2012 in Smart Decision
By: Joe Chiodo

ST. LOUIS - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful John Brunner fell short Tuesday evening in the Missouri Primary, losing to Representative Todd Akin. Brunner took 180,678 votes making up 30% of total votes cast.

Friends, Family, and Political supporters gathered at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel after polls closed Tuesday.  Brunner spoke to the crowd around 10:15 p.m. telling them he will continue to watch election results, but he was aware there was a "setback."

"We must not be discouraged by temporary setbacks...it just gives us a chance to attack in another direction," Brunner said.

After Brunner left the podium, his campaign manager told KOMU 8 News he "went upstairs to call Akin and congratulate him...he conceded."

Brunner's loss came as somewhat of a shock.  In the days leading up to Tuesday's primary, he was the leading candidate in several polls, including a poll by KMOV-TV and St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Brunner is a St. Louis native and former CEO of Vi-Jon Incorporated.  Before the polls closed Brunner said he was "cautiously optimistic."  He also told KOMU 8 News he was confident not only in winning the primary, but that he would also defeat Sen. McCaskill in November.

Brunner's campaign focused heavily on job creation and running as a "citizen's politician", rather than a "career politician", as he called his opponents.

 

 

 

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