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Missourians choose Hawley

November 9, 2018—Missouri voters went to the polls Tuesday to re-elect some incumbents of state offices but chose the challenger in the highly-contested race to choose who will represent Missouri in the United States Senate.

Josh Hawley

Republican Josh Hawley defeated Democratic candidate Claire McCaskill with 51.4 percent of the vote.

According to a post on his Twitter page, Hawley said his victory proved to be a victory for Missouri.

“I am so proud of Team Hawley and the campaign we ran. I know that I would not be here today without you in my corner,” a statement on Hawley’s campaign website said. “I am extremely humbled by your generous support and encouragement. Thank you!”

In office since 2007, McCaskill gave her concession speech while standing with a portion of her family, including children and grandchildren. She said she could not look to the future and not be blessed. Thanking the residents of Missouri whom McCaskill described as being “like family,” McCaskill said she will continue to serve.

“I want to thank the people of Missouri for giving me the opportunity to serve for as long as I have. I feel good about that service, I feel I’ve made a difference at key moments in key ways,” she said. “ … I will be out there fighting with you. I’m not going away, I will continue to serve.”

Emanuel Cleaver II

Emanuel Cleaver II

In the U.S. House of Representatives race for District 5, voters re-elected incumbent Emanuel Cleaver with 61.5 percent of the vote.

In a prepared statement provided to The Standard, Cleaver said he will continue his work for the residents of Missouri in Congress.

“When the new Congress is sworn in this January, dozens of new Democratic faces will be joining me in Washington. There is hard work ahead of us to protect civil liberties, fight for the American Dream, and hold the President accountable to the American people. But I know that together, there is no limit to the progress we can achieve.”

Sam Graves

Sam Graves

Missouri voters re-elected Congressman Sam Graves to the U.S. Representative, District 6 position.

In a prepared statement provided to The Standard, Graves said he will continue to ensure Congress hears North Missouri’s values.

“I am humbled and grateful for the support I received this year. I’ve always represented the district to Washington, not Washington to the district and I’m committed to making sure that our North Missouri values are heard,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump to increase economic growth and jobs through lower taxes and less regulation.”

Incumbent Dan Hegeman won 72.5 percent of the vote in his race for Missouri State Senator, District 12.

Hegement did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.

Doug Richey

Doug Richey

Republican Doug Richey won 57.8 percent of the vote in his bid for Missouri State Representative for the 38th district against democratic candidate Abby Zavos.

Richey said the “tremendous turnout” for the election encouraged him.

“Civic responsibility is fundamental to our system of government. In addition, I’m humbled by the significant support for my candidacy,” Richey said. “I believe Abby Zavos and I ran good races and, as I communicated to her last night, I enjoyed our conversations throughout the process. I’m now looking forward to serving the residents of the 38th District.”

Peggy McGaugh

Peggy McGaugh

Voters re-elected Incumbent Peggy McGaugh to retain her seat for the 39 district of the Missouri State Representatives.

In a prepared statement, McGaugh said she wished to thank her opponent, Democratic candidate Rick Mellon for helping her keep the campaign about the issues. She said she wished him well with his future plans.

“I am grateful and moved by the expression of confidence from all three Counties in the 39th District who have entrusted me with the responsibility of speaking in their behalf as their State Representative. 

I am immensely grateful to my family, friends and loyal supporters who generously donated their time and effort toward the campaign,” she said. “I will continue to be an effective legislator by listening and translating concerns into workable proposals.” 

Nicole Galloway

Nicole Galloway

In the highly-contested race of Missouri State Auditor, incumbent Nicole Galloway received 50.4 percent of the vote over Republican candidate Saundra McDowell.

Galloway said she will continue to keep the promise she made to the residents of Missouri.

“Missourians across the state made their voices heard yesterday, and they want an independent watchdog in Jefferson City to hold the powerful accountable; someone looking out for them to ensure that their hard-earned tax dollars are used wisely,” she said. “I heard Missouri loud and clear. I have been looking out for them since day one, and I promise to continue to do so.”

By Kimberely Blackburn •

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