Smart Decision 2014: Live blog follows election results, reaction
COLUMBIA - Republican candidates and causes prevailed in many contests in Missouri's 2014 mid-term election. For final vote totals on races and referendums across mid-Missouri check our elections page.
Missouri voters approved amendments to the constitution which on evidence in child sexual abuse cases and legislative budget controls, while rejecting amendments that would have tied teacher evaluations to standardized testing and allowed early voting for just six days prior to an election.
Columbia voters said no to raising taxes to fund more police and firefighters and raising fees on developers.
This live blog provided updates on results and reaction from social media on major contests and referendums.
Final results are shown in green in some tweets.
With 99% of votes in, Amendments 2 and 10 have been approved, while Amendments 3 and 6 have failed. pic.twitter.com/UxqcnWAVPv— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Hartzler wins re-election easily pic.twitter.com/ClqfCYYWIH— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Boone County GOP congradulates Basye
Congrats to @ChuckBasye47 on winning!— Boone County MO GOP (@BooneCoMOGOP) November 5, 2014
We also can confirm Caleb Rowden has won a second term in the Missouri House. pic.twitter.com/dnxUIt69eh— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Propositions 1 and 2 both fail
Both proposals to increase taxes in Columbia fail. pic.twitter.com/9CeG9hLIXQ— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Basye defeats Wright
Chuck Basye defeats John Wright— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Shaw, Dietzel and McCollum all win
Kimberly Shaw, Brian McCollum and Nora Dietzel all win in Boone County— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
More races we can call.Bernskoetter, Dohrman and Hoskins all win reelection. pic.twitter.com/87uz7toOXe— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Remole also wins reelection to Missouri House pic.twitter.com/3ubvrNnVxR— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Riddle defeats Schieffer, takes Senate seat
Riddle defeats Schieffer, moves from House to Senate. pic.twitter.com/dQxVZifmqT— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Super Majority retained in state house, senate.
The AP's @DavidALeib is reporting the Missouri GOP will retain super majorities in House, Senate.— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Amendment 6 defeated
The AP is also reporting voters have shot down Amendment 6, relating to early voting.— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
The Associated Press reports voters passed Amendment 2, relating to evidence in sex crime cases involving children.— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
KOMU 8’s Michael Doudna is at Uprise Bakery where supporters of Amendment Two are gathered. Results show wide approval for the proposal, which would make prior criminal acts allowable in the prosecution of child sex abuse cases.
Fitzwater beats Backer in the 49th District.
Travis Fitzwater wins reelection against Gracia Backer pic.twitter.com/IE2WlwBVLQ— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Jim Hansen wins election to Missouri House
With 100 percent of precincts in Jim Hansen has been elected to the Missouri House pic.twitter.com/Oe9tDH3d01— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Jay Houghton wins reelection, 100 percent precincts in.
Jay Houghton has also won his race in the 43rd District with 100 percent reporting pic.twitter.com/jtcguzOQsM— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Thank you District 43 for electing me to continue to serve you. I am honored.— Jay Houghton (@JayDHoughton) November 5, 2014
Lindell Shumake wins in 43rd District
With 100 percent of precincts in, Lindell Shumake has won election to the Missouri House for the 5th District pic.twitter.com/ofySRBIhmL— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Democrat John Wright is down in early returns.
We've got updates now on three big races in mid-Missouri. Wright is down early with 19 percent reporting: pic.twitter.com/NcBX3hm3Hd— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Blaine Luetkemeyer reacts to results showing him with a strong lead.
Luetkemeyer declares victory in a statement saying, "My resolve is as strong as ever to reverse the Administration's job killing agenda."— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
AP says Amendment 6 is defeated
The Associated Press is reporting voters have rejected Amendment 3, which would change teacher tenure— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Lobbiyst for anti-Amendment 3 group Missouri State Teachers Association applauds voters
All of the educators deserve a BIG congratulations on the defeat of Amendment 3. Our students were the big winners in this election! @MSTA— Mike Wood (@mstawoody) November 5, 2014
On the 4th Congressional District:
More reaction on Amendment 3 regarding teacher evaluations, which early results show failing by a large margin:
Wow, some huge numbers against MO Amendment 3 so far. #MOLeg should remember how much voters support public schools, teachers over politics.— Cathy Sherwin (@cathysherwin) November 5, 2014
We've also got the early returns from Randolph County: pic.twitter.com/lChEEte9x7— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
From an Ashland Resident
You can't complain about the government if you don't take your chance to make a change. #Vote— Demi Lee White (@demilwhite) November 5, 2014
Updates on a few races in Cole County
Updates from some Cole County races, just over a quarter of the precincts reporting: pic.twitter.com/9qoGhRFFp3— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
From Auditor Tom Schweich’s watch party in Clayton. Democrats did not run a candidate against the incumbent.
Boone County Republicans are watching the results come in:
From the Basye watch party:
City councilman Karl Skala hosts a watch party in favor of proposition 2
Absentee ballots are tallied for Columbia’s two propositions.
The race in the 47th District
Columbia ballot propositions
Columbia ballot propositions are also close. Very early returns from the Boone County Clerk: pic.twitter.com/103Jyp58oH— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
With three precincts reporting, incumbent Rep. Vicki Hartzler is leading challenger Nate Irvin with 71 percent of the vote— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) November 5, 2014
Watch parties are getting underway.
Lobbyist James Harris comments on the potential gains for Missouri House Republican
Missouri Republicans are poised to have the largest super majority in the state legislature. Potentially 70%. #moleg— James MN Harris (@JamesMNHarris) November 5, 2014
We'll have results throughout the evening.
KOMU 8 News' Facebook users weigh in on the importance of voting.
Gov. Jay Nixon's Twitter blunder is getting a lot of comments on Twitter and Facebook.
@GovJayNixon what were you thinking when you tweeted that picture? ... shame on you.— William Allen (@WhamaaAllen) November 5, 2014
Jefferson City resident Brittany Belt
Cheers to the most boring election night in Missouri history ?? #moleg— Brittany Belt (@brittanybelt) November 5, 2014
Columbia resident Jeremy Trotter
There's still time to go vote, and if you're in COMO, vote Yes on Prop 1— Jeremy Trotter (@jeremytrotter) November 4, 2014
The union representing the Columbia Police Department encourages residents to get out to the polls
LAST request. Did you vote YES for PROP 1? The Polls are open until 19:00 That's 7 pm for you firefighters. [... http://t.co/QZgSmJ7I3E— CPOA (@ColumbiaPolice) November 4, 2014
A group opposing Amendment 3 tweets against the measure
It’s time to get out and vote NO on Amendment 3! Protect our students! 30 minutes remaining! #MONoOn3— Protect Our Schools (@LocalSchoolsMO) November 5, 2014
Most of the tweets mentioning Missouri's Amendment 3 have been against it. The proposal would, in part, make teacher evaluation hinge on standardized testing.
Hey, if you're voting today, do Missouri students and teachers a solid and vote NO on amendment 3! ?????? #NoOn3— Elly Zinecker (@ells_bells4) November 4, 2014
Republican nominee for state senate Jay Ashcroft fills out his ballot with his family. He’s the son of former US Attorney General and Governor John Ashcroft
Voted this morning with Katie and the kids. So grateful for all the words of support from voters! Thank you. pic.twitter.com/fZoPenm5DG— John (Jay) Ashcroft (@JayAshcroft24) November 4, 2014
Jefferson City resident Lindsay Pantaleo tweets her support for incumbent Rep. Travis Fitzwater.
Voted! #fitz49ers — voting in The 2014 U.S. Election— Lindsey Pantaleo (@LindseyPantaleo) November 4, 2014
The major parties tweeted encouragement throughout the day.
— Missouri GOP (@missourigop) November 4, 2014
This Kansas City reporter made a point about how every votes makes a difference.
In the last election, a Missouri amendment passed with only 2,375 votes separating Yes from No. Go out there and make a difference!— Austin Alonzo (@aalonzoKCBJ) November 4, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon got to the polls early.
Republican US Sen. Roy Blunt votes at Gladstone Baptist Church
Senator Roy Blunt votes at Glenstone Baptist Church which was having a good turnout. Get out to vote if you haven't. pic.twitter.com/D9sEECpTPz— Dean Curtis (@dcurtisNL) November 4, 2014