Democrat Claire McCaskill says she fell short in her bid for Governor, because she fell short in rural Missouri. She breaks down her loss to Republican Matt Blunt simply: she failed to make a dent in the Republican stronghold on outstate Missouri, especially southwest Missouri. McCaskill carried Kansas City and St. Louis, but her outstate losses led to her defeat, picking up nearly 1.3-Million votes – or nearly 48-percent to Blunt’s near 51-percent total – almost 1.4-Million votes. McCaskill took the hard road to the Governor’s race, defeating incumbent Bob Holden in the Democratic Primary only to fall short of the prize in the General Election.