It’s the first win at the ballot box for the Republican Ashcroft, an attorney who lost a 2014 bid for a State Senate seat. His father, John, is a former Missouri Attorney General, Auditor, Governor and U.S. Senator. Jay Ashcroft defeated Robin Smith, the longtime St. Louis television news anchor who announced her intention to run as a Democrat not long after retiring from KMOV last year.
The candidates disagreed over the need for Voter ID. Ashcroft supported a constitutional amendment that also appeared on the November ballot, while Smith opposed it.
Incumbent Jason Kander opted to run for the U.S. Senate instead of seeking a second term.