Republicans take control of 2 area state House seats

Staff report

Two south county Republicans on Tuesday won state House seats currently held by Democrats.

Republican candidate Cloria Brown ousted District 85 Rep. Vicki Englund, D-Concord, while Republican Marsha Haefner defeated Democratic candidate Andrew Spavale to claim the District 100 House seat being vacated by Rep. Sue Schoemehl, D-Oakville, because of term limits.

Brown received 6,478 votes — 52.7 percent — and Englund received 5,817 votes — 47.3 percent, according to unofficial state election results. Englund was seeking her second term in Jefferson City.

Haefner received 9,588 votes — 64.3 percent — and Spavale received 5,066 votes — 34 percent. Constitution Party candidate Randall “Randy” Lewis garnered 255 votes — 1.7 percent.

Republicans also retained control in state House districts 95 and 97.

District 95 Rep. Mike Leara, R-Concord, defeated Democratic challenger Alice Geary Sgroi to win a second term.

Leara received 9,860 votes — 62.9 percent — and Sgroi received 5,380 votes — 34.3 percent. Constitution Party candidate Steven Newton received 426 votes — 2.7 percent.

Republican Gary Fuhr defeated Democratic candidate Jan Polizzi to win the District 97 seat being vacated by Rep. Walt Bivins, R-Oakville, because of term limits.

Fuhr received 9,065 votes —63.1 percent — and Polizzi received 4,875 votes —33.9 percent. Constitution Party candidate Daniel Fitzhenry received 427 votes —3 percent.

Meanwhile, state House seats in districts 66 and 96 remain in Democratic control.

Democrat Genise Montecillo received 5,669 votes — 59.8 percent —to win the District 66 seat being vacated by Rep. Michael Vogt, D-Affton. Republican candidate Bill Hartzog received 3,806 votes — 40.2 percent.

In District 96, Democrat Scott Sifton defeated Republican Anthony “Tony” Leech to win the seat being vacated by Rep. Pat Yaeger, D-Lemay.

Sifton received 5,645 votes — 58.2 percent — and Leech received 4,058 votes — 41.8 percent.

In the race for state auditor, Republican Tom Schweich defeated Democratic incumbent Susan Montee with nearly 51 percent of the vote.

Schweich received 971,953 votes —50.9 percent — and Montee received 867,663 votes — 45.4 percent. Libertarian Charles Baum received 70,616 votes — 3.7 percent.

Looking at federal races, Republican Roy Blunt will claim outgoing U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond’s seat.

Blunt received 1,051,495 votes — 54.3 percent — while Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, received 785,719 votes — 40.6 percent.

Libertarian Jonathan Dine received 58,515 votes — 3 percent — and Constitution Party candidate Jerry Beck received 41,183 votes — 2.1 percent.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Republican Todd Akin received 179,731 votes — 67.9 percent — to win re-election over Democrat Arthur Lieber, who received 77,249 votes — 29.2 percent.

Libertarian Steve Mosbacher received 7,660 votes — 2.9 percent.

The race for the 3rd Congressional District seat is “too close to call,” Republican Ed Martin’s campaign said Wednesday morning.

With all precincts reporting, incumbent Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, received 99,011 votes — 48.9 percent — and Martin received 94,593 votes — 46.7 percent.

Libertarian Steven Hedrick received 5,757 votes — 2.8 percent — and Constitution Party candidate Nicholas “Nick” Ivanovich received 3,151 votes — 1.6 percent.

Martin’s campaign stated in a news release that there were “irregularities” reported Tuesday by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office. The campaign said it “only makes sense to make sure in fact every vote counts.”

“The people of this district want to make sure their voices were in fact heard and I pledged to them that I would fight to ensure it happens. We need to make sure the election process was in fact fair and that the numbers are correct,” Martin stated in the release.