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UPDATED: Election results for South County

Photo by Erin Achenbach
Newly elected state legislator Jim Murphy hugs his son, former Mehlville Board of Education member Jamey Murphy, at his victory party at Cafe Telegraph Tuesday night. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

It took until nearly midnight, but the final results are in for St. Louis County and the state. Check back all night for the latest vote totals.

Attorney General Josh Hawley defeated incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Kirkwood, and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner scored a victory over challenger Cort VanOstran.

Current Crestwood Ward 3 Alderman Grant Mabie overwhelmingly won election as the city’s mayor over two candidates in a special election.

Attorney General Josh Hawley and Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, both won election Tuesday night. ‘I’m proud to be on the ballot with Josh Hawley. As you know this is a team effort and we need genuine, conservative leadership in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C.,’ Gregory posted on Facebook Tuesday.

Locally, it was a “red wave” of sorts in the most competitive races in south county.

Former St. Louis County Police Department Chief Tim Fitch, R-Fenton, was elected to the 3rd District County Council seat, succeeding 3rd District Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger, R-Huntleigh.

Oakville Republican Jim Murphy defeated Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto, an Oakville Democrat, to succeed the late Rep. Cloria Brown representing the 94th District.

In Oakville’s 95th District, Republican Michael O’Donnell defeated Democratic candidate Mike Walter.

Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, was re-elected over Democratic challenger Erica Hoffman in the 96th District.

And incumbent Rep. Mike Revis, D-Fenton, lost to Republican challenger Mary Elizabeth Coleman, a former Arnold city councilwoman, in the 97th District House race. Revis won election in a special contest in February that made national news because the district had gone for President Donald Trump in 2016.

But more heavily Democratic districts saw incumbents easily win re-election. In the 91st District that includes Crestwood, Webster Groves and Shrewsbury, incumbent Rep. Sarah Unsicker, D-Shrewsbury, was re-elected to a second term. In Affton’s 92nd District, Rep. Doug Beck, D-Affton, also will return for a second term.

In the county, County Executive Steve Stenger and county Assessor Jake Zimmerman predictably won re-election to second and third terms, respectively.

All the results are unofficial and will be certified two weeks from Election Day.

Fenton Fire Protection District Proposition F

Fenton’s $25 million bond issue Prop F was approved by voters. It garnered 67.8 percent of the vote to 32.2 percent “no” votes, or 9,281 votes to 4,412.

Bond issues need 57 percent to pass, and Prop F failed in April because it did not receive that supermajority.

The bond issue was also winning in absentee balloting 65.51 percent to 34.49 percent, or 754 votes to 397.

Crestwood Mayor
Neil Brown vs. Christopher Court vs. Grant Mabie

Winner: Grant Mabie

Grant Mabie

With all nine precincts reporting, Mabie won the special election for Crestwood mayor with 72.73 percent of the vote to 18.13 percent for Court and 8 percent for Brown. Mabie earned 4,605 votes to 1,148 for Court and 505 for Brown.

Mabie will succeed former Mayor Gregg Roby, who resigned office in June due to health reasons. He will fill the rest of Roby’s term, which will end in April 2020.

Mabie wrote on Facebook, “It was great to see such outstanding turnout and participation in American democracy yesterday, and I am grateful and humbled by the support I received from the voters. Thank you to everyone so much for your support and placing your trust in me…  I also wanted to especially thank Mayor Roby, Acting Mayor (Tony) Kennedy, and the Aldermen who believed in me and supported my candidacy. I also wanted to commend Mr. Court and Mr. Brown for running positive, issues-based campaigns.
“I promise to keep working hard to keep Crestwood moving forward and making Crestwood a better place. Thank you again for your faith in me, if I can ever be of assistance to you, or if you have a question or concern about Crestwood city business, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.”

In absentee results, Mabie led with 70.16 percent of the vote, compared to Court with 19.2 percent and Brown with 9.42 percent. Mabie had 402 votes, Court had 110 and Brown had 54.

St. Louis County Council, 3rd District
Tim Fitch (R) vs. Paul Ward (D)

Winner: Tim Fitch

Ward and Fitch

With all precincts reporting, Fitch won 54.46 percent to 45.41 percent for Ward, or 40,022 votes to 33,367 for Ward.

“Well, you did it!!! Thank you for your great support,” Fitch posted on Facebook. “I look forward to serving the citizens of St. Louis County again!”

Fitch led in absentee results 53.36 percent to 46.61 percent, 4,929 votes to 4,305.

County Executive
Paul Berry III (R) vs. Steve Stenger (D) vs.
Nick Kasoff (L) vs. Andrew Ostrowski (C)

Winner: Steve Stenger

Steve Stenger

With all precincts reporting, Stenger won with 56.92 percent to Berry’s 37.3 percent — 246,976 votes to 161,826.

Stenger took a strong lead early with 12 percent of precincts reporting, primarily in north county. Stenger leads 58.78 percent to Berry’s 35.37 percent, or 48,698 votes to 29,301 votes. Kasoff has 3.86 percent of the vote or 3,201, and Ostrowski has 1.06 percent of the vote or 876 votes.

Stenger was leading the field for county executive after absentee ballots are in with 54 percent of the vote, followed by Berry with 40.66 percent, Kasoff with 3.33 percent and Ostrowski with less than 1 percent.

County assessor

Jake Zimmerman (D) vs. Dan Hyatt (R)

Winner: Jake Zimmerman

Jake Zimmerman

Incumbent Zimmerman won re-election for a third term as county assessor. He scored 60.71 percent of the vote to Hyatt’s 36.21 percent, or 262,270 votes to 156,432 for Hyatt.

With 12 percent reporting, Zimmerman had 64.19 percent of the vote to Hyatt’s 33.12 percent, or 53,344 votes to 27,523.

Zimmerman led in absentee ballots with 59.83 percent of the vote to 38.37 percent for Hyatt.

91st Missouri House District
Sarah Unsicker (D) vs. Jennifer Bird (R)

Winner: Sarah Unsicker

Unsicker and Bird

Unsicker coasted to re-election with 65.42 percent of the vote to 32.93 percent for Bird, or 12,867 votes to 6,476.

Unsicker also led Bird after absentee results with 63.48 percent of the vote to Bird’s 35.54 percent, or 1,354 votes to 758.

The incumbent legislator addressed the disappointing overall results for Democrats in a Facebook post Wednesday: “Today is a hard morning for many to wake up to (myself included). It is easy to feel hopeless. And Dems have every right to be upset. But. Turnout this election was incredible…”

92nd Missouri House District
Doug Beck (D) vs. Bill Heisse (R)

Winner: Doug Beck

Beck won with 59.53 percent to Heisse’s 40.35 percent, or 9,979 votes to 6,765 votes.

In absentee results, Beck led Heisse 59.17 percent to 40.83 percent, or 800 votes to 552.

94th Missouri House District
Jim Murphy (R) vs. Jean Pretto (D)

Winner: Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy (left) and Jean Pretto (right).

With 20 of 20 precincts counted, Murphy defeated Pretto with 51.16 percent to 48.73 percent for Pretto, or 7,494 votes to 7,138.

Murphy led the race all night. In initial absentee results, Murphy led Pretto 53.14 percent to 46.74 percent, or 905 votes to 796.

“Thank you to the voters of the 94th District,” Murphy posted on Facebook. “I am honored that you have elected me to be your state representative.”

Pretto alluded to her husband, Joe, as she posted, “Well, as Joe so eloquently put it, I need to get a j-o-b. I can’t believe what a gigantic number 356 is. That’s how many votes separated me and watching out for the best interest of our community in Jeff City. I thank the 7,138 voters that came out and voted for me. A huge thanks to the folks that stood with me, encouraged me, and never doubted for a moment that I would have their back in the House. It’s been an arduous experience, one I’ll never forget.”

Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, who won a fourth term unopposed Tuesday night, commented on Pretto’s post, “Keep your head high Jean, you did one hell of a job!!!!”

95th Missouri House District
Michael O’Donnell (R) vs. Mike Walter (D)

O’Donnell and Walter.

Winner: Michael O’Donnell

With all 14 precincts counted in Oakville, O’Donnell won the race with 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Walter, or 10,342 votes to 7,489 votes.

“Thank you to the people of Oakville for your support. It will be an honor to serve you,” O’Donnell posted on Facebook.

O’Donnell led Walter in absentee results 56.69 percent to 43.31 percent, or 1,047 votes to 800.

96th Missouri House District
David Gregory (R) vs. Erica Hoffman (D)

Winner: David Gregory

With all 29 precincts counted, Gregory won with 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent of the vote for Hoffman, or 11,901 votes for Gregory and 8,303 for Hoffman.

In absentee results, Gregory led Hoffman 59.66 percent to 40.3 percent, or 1,402 votes to 947.

97th Missouri House District
Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) vs. Mike Revis (D)

Winner districtwide: Mary Elizabeth Coleman

Winner in St. Louis County: Mary Elizabeth Coleman

Revis and Coleman

In districtwide results in this district mostly in Jefferson County, Coleman defeated Revis 56.34 percent to 43.55 percent, or 7,203 votes to 5,568 votes for Revis.

With two of two precincts reporting in St. Louis County, Coleman led Revis 55.7 percent to 44.09 percent, or 830 votes to 657.

Coleman posted a photo of herself and Wagner at a watch party to Facebook and wrote, “WE TOOK BACK THE 97th!!”

She wrote Wednesday morning, “Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your support. It is a privilege and an honor to represent you and I will work tirelessly to make you proud.”

Revis posted to Facebook, “It has been a tremendous honor to serve the community that I call home. I’m so grateful to have had the love and support of my family and friends to even consider ever having made this a reality. As I’ve said many times, I’m the proud son of a carpenter and a teacher. At the age of 26, I decided to set aside my career to right wrongs that were happening in our state. I set out to be a voice for working families, defend labor, and protect our public education system. I made hard choices to take strong stances to support the will of the people of this district. Together we defeated right-to-work. Unfortunately, it appears as though the people of Missouri thought that that one vote was enough to go back to their old ways and think ‘surely they won’t try it again.’”

In initial absentee results, Coleman led Revis in St. Louis County 56.52 percent to 43.48 percent, or 104 votes to 80.

98th Missouri House District

Although the west county 98th District is not in south county, it is of interest to south county residents who are familiar with one of the contenders. Retired Lindbergh Schools Chief Financial Officer Charles “Chuck” Triplett, an Ellisville resident running as a Democrat, lost to incumbent Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, 60.66 percent to 39.18 percent, or 11,316 votes to 7,309.

U.S. Congress
Cort VanOstran (D) vs. Ann Wagner (R)

Winner districtwide: Ann Wagner

Winner in St. Louis County: Ann Wagner

VanOstran and Wagner

In districtwide results, Wagner won with 51.28 percent of the vote to 47.09 percent for VanOstran, with 463 precincts reporting.

With all the vote counted in St. Louis County, incumbent Wagner won versus Democratic challenger VanOstran with 49.65 percent of the vote to 48.87 for VanOstran, or 142,762 votes to 140,528.

VanOstran was leading after absentee results in St. Louis County with 50.17 percent of the vote to Wagner’s  49.11 percent, or 17,595 votes to 17,221.

Missouri state auditor

Nicole Galloway (D) vs. Saundra McDowell (R)

Winner statewide: Nicole Galloway

Winner in St. Louis County: Nicole Galloway

Statewide, current Auditor Nicole Galloway won election over Saundra McDowell with 50.37 percent to 44.6 percent, or 1,197,020 votes to 1,060,066 votes with all 3,256 precincts reporting.

In St. Louis County, Galloway won with 65.16 percent of the vote to McDowell’s 30.95 percent, or 288,099 votes to 136,849.

U.S. Senate
Josh Hawley (R) vs. Claire McCaskill (D)

vs. Japheth Campbell (L) vs. Jo Crain (G)

Winner statewide: Josh Hawley

Winner in St. Louis County: Claire McCaskill

McCaskill and Hawley

What appeared to be a close race turned out to be not that close at all as Hawley took the statewide Missouri vote 51.43 percent to 45.47 percent for McCaskill, or 1,245,732 votes to 1,101,377 for McCaskill.

McCaskill may not have won re-election, but she won St. Louis County with 61.92 percent of the vote to Hawley’s 35.91 percent, or 277,927 votes to 161,171.

In absentee results in St. Louis County, McCaskill was leading the race with 60.62 of the vote, compared to Hawley’s  38.06 percent, 30,032 votes to 18,856. Independent Craig O’Dear earned 329 votes, Libertarian Japheth Campbell 190 and Jo Crain of the Green Party received 116 votes.

St. Louis Zoo tax

With all 655 precincts counted, Proposition Z, a one-eighth of a cent sales tax for a new north county satellite operation for the St. Louis Zoo, passed 60.97 percent to 39.03 percent. That’s 263,924 “yes” votes to 168,982 “no” votes.

St. Louis County Charter amendments

Amendment 1 — Campaign-finance limits

With all precincts counted, Charter Amendment 1 passed with 74.19 percent of the vote compared to 25.81 percent “no” votes, or 307,202 votes to 106,893.

Amendment 2 — ‘Parks protection amendment’ 

With everything counted, Charter Amendment 2 passed with 78.27 percent of the vote compared to 21.73 percent “no” votes, or 326,356 votes to 90,603.

Amendment B — Budgetary transfers

With all the votes in, Charter Amendment B passed with 65.24 percent of the vote compared to 34.76 percent “no” votes, or 263,734 votes to 140,508.

Amendment C — Financial information on website

With all precincts counted, Amendment C passed with 80.24 percent of the vote compared to 19.76 percent “no” votes, or 331,002 votes to 81,520.

Amendment D — Charter Commission

With all votes counted, Amendment D passed with 55.24 percent of the vote compared to 44.76 percent “no” votes, or 219,492 votes to 177,870.

Amendment F — Smoking ban on 50 percent of casino floors

With all precincts counted, Amendment F passed with 50.84 percent of the vote compared to 49.16 percent “no” votes, or 213,234 votes to 206,208.

Missouri constitutional amendments

Amendment 1 — ‘Clean Missouri’ 

Passed statewide and in St. Louis County

Clean Missouri, an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that brings ethics reform and a new form of redistricting to Missouri lawmaking, was approved by both state and county voters.

Statewide, the amendment got 61.99 percent of the vote compared to 38.01 percent against. Vote totals were 1,459,576 votes cast for Clean Missouri and 895,012 against.

In St. Louis County, the amendment also passed with 61.97 percent of the vote, compared to 38.03 “no” votes, or  268,443 for and 164,738 against.

Amendment 2 — Legalizing medical marijuana

Passed statewide and in St. Louis County

Voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana both statewide and countywide. In the state, medical cannabis received 65.54 percent of the vote to 34.46 percent, or 1,572,592 votes for and 826,777 against.

In the county, medical marijuana sailed through with 70.12 percent of the vote “yes” and 29.88 percent “no,” or  309,789 votes to 131,991.

Amendment 3 — Legalizing medical marijuana and creating a research institution

Failed statewide and in St. Louis County

Brad Bradshaw’s constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana and use the proceeds from a 15-percent sales tax to fund a research institute headed by him was rejected by 68.56 percent of voters statewide, with only 31.43 percent “yes” votes. In all, 1,631,228 voters cast a ballot against Bradshaw’s amendment and 747,977 voters said yes.

In St. Louis County, Bradshaw did slightly better with 64.6 percent against the amendment and 35.4 percent for it, or  283,346 against and 155,283 in favor.

Amendment 4 — Bingo advertising

Passed statewide and in St. Louis County

A Legislature-led effort to end restrictions on advertising for bingo won a relatively narrow victory statewide, with 52.37 percent of the vote for and 47.63 percent against, or 1,186,642 “yes” votes to 1,079,356 “no.”

The changes passed in St. Louis County  54.71 percent to 45.29 percent, or  229,398 votes to 189,864.

Missouri statewide propositions

Proposition B — Raising the minimum wage

Passed statewide and in St. Louis County

Overall, 62.27 percent of voters weighed in to raise the minimum wage 85 cents a year over the next five years until it hits $12 an hour in 2023, and 37.73 percent of voters disagreed with the change. It received 1,488,368 “yes” votes statewide compared to 901,808 “no” votes.

The measure passed with flying colors in St. Louis County, earning 70 percent of the vote or 311,206 votes for and  130,070 votes against.

Proposition C — Legalizing medical marijuana

Failed statewide and in St. Louis County

A third measure to legalize medical marijuana, Prop C, was rejected by 56.5 percent of voters statewide and approved by 43.51 percent of voters. It was narrowly defeated in St. Louis County,  50.07 percent to 49.93 percent or 218,968 votes to 218,318 for.

Proposition D — 10-cent gas tax

Failed statewide and in St. Louis County

In all, 53.63 percent of statewide voters rejected Prop D, while 46.38 percent of voters approved it, or 1,274,099 to 1,101,830. In the county,  52.66 percent of voters said no, while 47.34 percent voted yes, or 229,756 to 206,524.


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