ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Voters decided a variety of issues in this midterm election. Republicans and Democrats are vying to control congress and the senate. Races for Illinois governor and US Senate from Missouri have been in the national spotlight. The Show-Me-State made recreational marijuana legal.
High profile races
Several races have garnered local and national attention. The US Senate race from Missouri has been the focus of national coverage for over a year. The election for governor in Illinois is in the spotlight. There is also high interest in recreational marijuana in Missouri, the St. Louis County Executive race, and leadership in St. Louis City. You can read more about those contests below.
In March 2021, Senator Blunt announced he would not seek re-election. Many Republicans, including former Governor Eric Greitens, ran in the primary. Former President Trump even endorsed “Eric.” Ultimately, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the primary. He is facing Democratic nominee Trudy Busch Valentine. The Busch family heiress is wading into politics and seeking public office for the first time.
In Missouri, voters are being asked five questions towards the end of their ballot. They will decide Amendments 1, 3, 4 and 5 along with a constitutional convention question.
Three of those amendments were added by the General Assembly after the legislation was passed earlier this year. Amendment 3 was added by the Legal Missouri 22 campaign after getting enough signatures to put the initiative petition on the ballot. This referendum asks voters if recreational marijuana should be legal for those 21 and older.
Will the poll numbers match what happens on election day? Democratic incumbent Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is polling 22 points ahead of Republican challenger Darren Bailey in Illinois’ gubernatorial race. State finances, taxes and spending are bigger issues in this poll than crime, although the difference is only 1.9%. Jobs and the economy came in as the third-most important issue, checking in 2.6% behind crime.
The beat goes on for St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, who retains his office and secures a second full term by defeating retired businessman Mark Mantovani.
Page, 57, ascended to office during an emergency session of the county council in April 2019, replacing Steve Stenger, who resigned following a federal indictment. He was elected to the position in November 2020. Page defeated primary challenger Jane Dueker in the Aug. 2022.
A Republican has not held office as St. Louis County Executive since 1991.
Voters have selected Megan Green as the next president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. She won after endorsements from St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and U.S. Congresswoman Cori Bush.
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