Franklin County Reports 60 Percent Turnout

Sixty percent of Franklin County voters turned out for Tuesday’s election, which was highlighted by a hotly contested US Senate race, statewide offices, four amendments and three propositions.

US Senate

Count voters gave Republican Josh Hawley nearly 60 percent of the vote against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. McCaskill had 36 percent.

Missouri Auditor

Republican Saundra McDowell had 51 percent of the vote against Democratic incumbent Nicole Galloway, who had 39 percent.

MO-3

Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer received 67 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Katy Geppert.

State

Republican Dave Schatz received 66 percent of the vote in the race for Senate District 26 against Democrat John Kiehne. 

Republican Nate Tate had 70 percent of the vote agains Democrat Marcie Nichols in District 119. 

County

Most county races were uncontested. For municipal judge, Republican Gael Wood received 68 percent of the vote against Democrat Bill Stahlhuth. 

Democrat Stan Williams was unopposed in Associate Circuit Judge Division 7, Republican Joseph Purschke unopposed in Associate Circuit Judge Division 5 and Democrat David Hoven in Associate Circuit Judge Division 6.

Republican Craig Hellman was unopposed running for Circuit Judge Division 1.

Republicans Tim Brinker (presiding commissioner), Bill Miller (circuit court clerk), Tim Baker (county clerk), Doug Trentmann (collector), Jennifer Metcalf (recorder), Tammy Vemmer (auditor) and Matthew Becker (prosecuting attorney) were unopposed.

Supreme Court/Appeals Judges

The county voted to retain Supreme Court judges W. Brent Powell and Mary Rhodes Russell, along with Appeals Court Judges Colleen Dolan and Lisa Page.

Amendments

Voters approved Amendment 1, dubbed “Clean Missouri” with 54 percent of the vote. 

Of the two competing medical marijuana amendments, it was Amendment 2 getting approved by county voters 60-39. Amendment 3 was voted against by 71 percent of county voters.

Amendment 4, which dealt with bingo, was approved by 53 percent of voters.

Propositions

Proposition B, which raises the minimum wage, was approved by 56 percent of voters.

Proposition C, a medical marijuana issue, was voted down by 60 percent of county voters.

Proposition D, which proposes a gas tax hike, was voted against by 54 percent of county voters.

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