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America asked for change and it happened.
Missouri proved to be a battleground state throughout the campaign and it showed in the polls with a tight race going to Sen. John McCain. Less than 6,000 votes or two-tenths of a percentage point decided the Presidential election in Missouri. In Ray County however, McCain won by about two and a half percentage points. The difference was 352 votes.
Missouri voters also made a change at the Governor’s mansion, electing Attorney General Jay Nixon by almost 20 points. Ray Countians turned out even stronger for Nixon, giving him more than a 25-point advantage.
Everything in the Congressional races stayed status quo in Missouri. Congressman Ike Skelton received more than 65 percent of the vote in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District.
For the first time in 16 years, the Show Me State will have a new Attorney General. Sen. Chris Koster edged Senate President Michael Gibbons by nearly six percentage points statewide and nearly 13 points in Ray County.
The marketing campaign by the riverboat casinos paid off. Missourians voted more than 56 percent to pass Proposition A despite opposition by numerous educators and both candidates for governor.
Photo: President-elect Barack Obama spoke about hope and change to thousands of supporters in Kansas City last month. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)