Election News & Analysis

Chaos has passed, now it’s time to analyze

By 1 year ago

When the KBIA news team finally made its way into the newsroom Wednesday, one producer here described the feeling as “kind of like a hangover, without, like, the stomach stuff.”

Yes, election nights are long, they are stressful, but ultimately they are a very exciting time to be a journalist. We had a team of more than 30 reporters and producers working on election night, and if you want to see an hour-by-hour report of the races our reporters were covering in the field, check out our storify. Or follow this link to look through our race-by-race reporting.

But one aspect of our coverage that had us really excited was our live mapping. Throughout the night, we had a team or producers inputting county-by-county results, to create these maps showing how the state voted. The results were enlightening, especially if you were interested in how the US Senate Race Between incumbent Claire McCaskill and Republican Todd Akin.

The US Senate Race (Red for Republican win, Blue for Democratic win):

But compare that to The US Presidential Race, between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney (Red for Republican win, Blue for Democratic win):

Follow this link to the maps on our site, where you can access more detailed information about how each county voted, and also see a map for the state Governor’s race (which was somewhere in between these two). We also have a map showing Libertarian Jonathan Dine’s cut in the US Senate race (more than 10% in one county!). Look for more maps from, us, too, as we continue to analyze the results.

Recap of Election Night results

By 1 year ago

Quick summary of Election Night results:

All Missouri incumbents for statewide office win bids for re-election

  • Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill successfully defended her U.S. Senate seat from Republican challenger Todd Akin, winning re-election by a 55 to 39 margin.
  • Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon won another term in the Governor’s mansion after defeating Republican challenger Dave Spence by a 55 to 43 margin.
  • Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder defeated Democratic challenger Susan Montee by a 49 to 45 margin. Kinder will be serving his third term in the office and is only the second liutenant governor to win three terms.
  • Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster defeated Republican challenger Ed Martin by a 56 to 41 margin.
  • Incumbent Democratic state Treasurer survived a tough election night battle against state Rep. Cole McNary, R-St. Louis County, winning re-election by a 50 to 46 margin. McNary was ahead in the polls for most of the night, but late returns from St. Louis and Jackson County areas, which typically lean to the left, pushed Zweifel to the finish line.

In the race to become Missouri’s next Secretary of State — the only race without an incumbent — state Rep. Jason Kander, D-Kansas City, defeated his House colleague, state Rep. Shane Schoeller, R-Willard, by a 49 to 46 margin. Schoeller led in election returns for most of the night, but Kander benefited late in the evening (and early Wednesday morning) when returns from the St. Louis and Jackson County areas began rolling in.

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KBIA’s Rural Diners Project - Jonesy’s Cafe in Paris, MO

By 1 year ago

KBIA Rural Diner Project - Jonesy’s Cafe - Paris, MO from KBIA FM on Vimeo.

Located on the main street of Paris, Missouri, Jonesy’s Café has been drawing locals for its coffee, breakfast and old-fashioned soda fountain since the 1930s. Owners Steven and Connie Hancock say it’s a place where everyone feels at home. We arrived at the crack of dawn to find Connie firing up the grill, waiting for the usual mix of farmers, workers, retirees  and opinions to find their way into the café as they do each morning. What’s on the table at Jonesy’s? Not surprisingly, a good deal of disillusionment with politicians and a political process.

Find the rest of the rural diners series here.

Not sure about the statewide ballot issues in Missouri? Give us 8 minutes.

By 1 year ago

In case you need to do some serious cramming ahead of election day, KBIA has compiled coverage of all of the statewide ballot issues. If you have 8 minutes to spare, listen to the audio attached to this story, and hopefully you’ll feel more prepared.

Voter turnout and how it impacts elections

By 1 year ago

By Rehman Tungekar (KBIA News)

Tomorrow, voters will be heading to the polls to select a new round of elected officials.

Or, to be more accurate, some voters are going to the polls. If the best projections hold true, then at least a quarter of eligible voters will not. In the 2008 general election, nearly 40 percent of eligible voters didn’t cast a ballot. In non-presidential elections the numbers are usually even less encouraging.

So, how does it affect things when a large share of the voting-age population is not involved in selecting our officials? What would it take to get more people to the polls? And, would the outcomes look any different if everyone did participate?

To find out, KBIA’s Intersection spoke to two political scientists and a local organizer about why some people just don’t vote.


John Petrocik is a professor and chair of the Political Science department at the University of Missouri. He specializes in electoral politics, public opinion and voting.

Terry Smith is the executive vice president and dean for academic affairs at Columbia College. He is an American politics enthusiast, and provides regular political commentary on KBIA.

Marvin Stemmons is a promoter and organizer in Columbia. This year he led the Swagg the Vote campaign, which is aimed at encouraging young people to vote.


Click here to watch the entire show.