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Illinois 12th Congressional Race Too Close To Call

Oct 22, 2012
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The race to replace Congressman Jerry Costello is too close to call.

Democrat William Enyart and Republican Jason Plummer are neck-in-neck as they battle it out over the district that encompasses St. Louis’ Metro East area and much of southern Illinois.

David Yepsen is the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. He says the race is significant on a national level.

Obama And Romney Both Strong In Second Debate

Oct 19, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Barack Obama Campaign / Mitt Romney Campaign

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both put in strong performances in the second Presidential debate, according to Southeast Missouri State University political science professor and debate coach Larry Underberg. But in the final analysis, he says Obama won the debate.

There were two important issues that Obama won - fair pay for women and Libya.

Underberg think Obama did not fully capitalize on the fair pay for women question, but Romney tripped on his “binders full of women” comment.

Claire McCaskill And Todd Akin Square Off In Debate

Oct 19, 2012
Congressman Todd Akin and Senator Claire McCaskill debate at Clayton High School on October 18, 2012.
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Incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off in their final debate of the campaign last night. Those hoping for a slugfest were probably disappointed. 

The two candidates stuck to their typical talking points and Akin's legitimate rape comments largely went ignored.

In front of hundreds of potential voters at Clayton High School, the two candidates didn't cover much new ground.

In fact, they mostly stuck to the talking points they've used on the campaign trail. McCaskill portrayed herself as a moderate.

Missouri Statewide Incumbents Winning The Money Race

Oct 18, 2012
Close up of a one hundred dollar bill.
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Missouri’s incumbent officeholders are sitting pretty in the money race, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Governor Jay Nixon has received a little under $14 million in contributions. That nearly doubles the amount contributed to Republican challenger Dave Spence.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is out-fundraising his Democratic opponent Susan Montee 4 to 1.

And supporters contributed nearly $5 million dollars to Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster, as compared to a little more than $1 million to opponent Ed Martin.

Dave Spence (Provided by Alpha Packaging) / St. Louis Public Radio

Dave Spence, Republican candidate for Missouri Governor, spoke yesterday, at the Jackson Senior Center, about his plans for how to improve Missouri.

The former CEO of Alpha Packaging’s first priority is focusing on the economy and how to decrease the unemployment rate.

“Jobs and the economy by far outweigh any other issue in our state, because every other issue in our state tends to be lessened if we have more people getting a paycheck versus an unemployment check,” Spence said.