Missouri Democrats remain hopeful, despite public opinion polls and some early returns elsewhere in the nation. State Democratic Party spokesman Ryan Hobart tells the Missourinet that the party is hoping its effort to get its base out the past couple of weeks will turn the tide in what seems like a Republican election cycle. Hobart says the party has worked hard to get out the vote in St. Louis and Kansas City, its traditional strongholds as well as trimmed the expected Republican margin of victory in rural Missouri.

The Robin Carnahan Campaign has gathered in St. Louis to watch returns. The Susan Montee Campaign to re-elect the state auditor has gathered in Kansas City. Other races important to Democrats include the St. Louis Congressional seat now held by Russ Carnahan, Robin’s brother, as well as the West-Central District held since 1977 by Ike Skelton. Carnahan is being challenged by Republican Ed Martin. Skelton is trying to withstand a strong challenge by Republican Vicky Hartzler.

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