Rep. Bob Nance will head back to Jefferson City for his third term representing Missouri’s 36th District.
Nance garnered 60.5 percent of the 15,888 ballots that were cast in the District.
“I am honored to be re-elected as your state representative and I will continue to work hard to represent you and earn the trust that you have placed in me,” Nance said Tuesday night.
Nance’s 21 point win didn’t come easily, as challenger Barbara Lanning put together an aggressive campaign that brought Missouri House Democratic leaders and Sen. Claire McCaskill to the district.
Nance countered with his own Washington muscle when Sen. Kit Bond made a visit to Excelsior Springs to campaign for him.
Sen. Bill Stouffer, who won an easy re-election also hit the campaign trail hard for Nance and Attorney General candidate Michael Gibbons, who lost a close race to Sen. Chris Koster.
Stouffer posted nearly a 28 point win over challenger Joe Sadeghi, whose lack of campaigning, cost him at the polls. Stouffer is also popular among Missouri Republicans and sits in two high profile positions within the Senate. Stouffer chairs the Senate Transportation Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
With most races in Ray County decided in the August primary, the campaign for sheriff was the only race where voters actually had a choice. Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale won re-election in the primary and Western Commissioner-Elect Mike Twyman defeated seven other Democrats to win in August.
Clemens won his primary in August as well, but faced write-in candidate Jerry Folvarcik who is a part-time police officer for Richmond. Clemens won in a landslide. Clemens, who has indicated this will be his last term, received nearly 90 percent of the vote.
Photo of Lanning: Democratic challenger Barbara Lanning watched the returns Tuesday night with her five-year-old grandson Conner Murphy at Jeffrey Kyle’s Buffet and Grill. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)