Top of ticket remains close in Missouri races

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The high-profile races atop the Missouri ticket remained close nearly an hour after the close of polls as Democratic incumbents tried to hold onto the presidency, Senate and governor’s offices.

With about 1 percent of precincts reporting, Mitt Romney had a slight advantage over Democratic President Barack Obama in the race for Missouri’s 10 electoral votes.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill had the edge on Republican challenger Todd Akin, whose much-publicized comments regarding pregnancy and rape captured national attention. Their hotly contested race could prove pivotal in deciding which party controls the Senate.

Gov. Jay Nixon had the early lead on Republican businessman Dave Spence as he tries to become the first governor to win a second term since fellow Democrat Mel Carnahan in 1996.