Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Show Me state shows up.

In 2008, John McCain won Missouri by less than 4,000 votes.

It has a Democratic governor and the Senators are split, one Republican and one Democrat.

It's about as purple a state as they come. It's a swing state.

And if last night is any indication, it showed some potentially bad news for Democrats in November and highlighted just how important voter enthusiasm really can be.

Total votes for Democrat Robin Carnahan in St. Louis County, Missouri, in yesterday’s U.S. Senate primary: 58,775.

Total votes for Republican Roy Blunt in in St. Louis County, Missouri, in yesterday’s U.S. Senate primary: 59,274.

This is the most Democratic county in the state.

Statewide total for Carnahan: 262,742.

Statewide total for Blunt: 409,806.

There was also a particularly interesting and indicative statewide proposition in Missouri.

Missouri overwhelmingly approved Proposition C at Tuesday's primary election with 71 percent of voters supporting a law banning the government from forcing residents to buy health insurance.

Political observers nationwide watched for the outcome of Missouri’s primary because the state is the first of three to vote on such a measure, and many consider it a referendum on President Obama and his health-care policies.

Anyone think running against Obamacare will be a winning issue in Missouri? Yeah, I think so, too.

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