Missourinet is your home for live and detailed election night coverage on Tuesday.
Missouri polls will be open on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office is projecting a 71 percent voter turnout on Tuesday, citing estimates from local election authorities. There is strong voter interest in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. Roy Blunt (R) and challenger Jason Kander (D), Missouri’s Secretary of State. That race could determine which party controls the Senate.
Five of Missouri’s six statewide offices are up for grabs, highlighted by the bitter gubernatorial race that includes Attorney General Chris Koster (D) and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens (R). The winner will replace Governor Jay Nixon (D), who is barred by term limits from seeking a third term.
Missouri will have a new Lieutenant Governor in January. Incumbent Peter Kinder (R) lost the GOP gubernatorial nomination to Greitens in August. Kinder is finishing his third term. State Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) faces former U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis).
Missouri will also have a new Secretary of State, State Treasurer and Attorney General in January.
Incumbent Secretary of State Kander’s Senate bid leaves his office open. Longtime St. Louis television news anchor Robin Smith (D) faces Jay Ashcroft (R). State Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) faces former State Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia) for State Treasurer. The winner of that race will replace incumbent Clint Zweifel (D), who is finishing his second term. The Attorney General’s post also opens in January, with Koster running for Governor. Former Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley (D) faces Constitutional lawyer Josh Hawley (R) of Columbia. Koster is finishing his second term as Attorney General.
Missourians will vote on five Constitutional Amendments on Tuesday.
Amendment One is a sales tax extension for Missouri’s parks, soil and water conservation. The tax was created through a constitutional amendment, and was first approved by Missouri voters in 1984. Voters have renewed it three times: in 1988, 1996 and 2006. There is no organized opposition to the measure.
Amendment Two establishes limits on campaign contributions.
Amendment Three is a proposed 60-cent tax increase on cigarettes. Supporters say it would generate $263 to $374 million annually, for early childhood health and education. Opponents have aired radio ads saying it would be a “slush fund for politicians.”
Amendment Four would prohibit a new state or local sales tax “on any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015.”
Amendment Six would require a photo identification to vote. Opponents, led by House Assistant Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City), say there are about 200,000 Missourians who are currently registered to vote who won’t be able to, if the measure passes. Amendment Six supporters, including State Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), dispute the estimate and say no one will be excluded from voting.
Missouri voters will see two proposed cigarette tax increases on the ballot. In addition to Amendment Three, there is Proposition A, which is a proposed 23-cent increase.
Missouri Supreme Court Justice Richard Teitelman is the only statewide judicial retention seat on the November ballot. Teitelman was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in 2002 and was retained in 2004 for a 12-year term, which expires in December.
Missourinet will have live election coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on many of our affiliates. We’ll have live reports at :10, :30 and :50 minutes each hour. News director Brian Hauswirth will anchor the live coverage. Missourinet reporters Jason Taylor and Alisa Nelson will be in Springfield and Kansas City, respectively, to cover Senator Blunt and Secretary Kander. We’ll also have reporters in St. Louis covering both Koster and Greitens. Bob Priddy will join us live in-studio for detailed updates about Missouri Senate and House races.