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The unofficial (yet to be certified) results are in for the February special elections to fill vacancies in the Missouri House.

Unofficial Election Returns

State of Missouri Special Election  – Legislative District – 62

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

State Representative – District 62   Precincts Reporting 19 of 19

  Ayres, Nita Jane REP 1,325 77.8%

  Tweedle, Patty LIB 378 22.2%

Total Votes   1,703

Unofficial Election Returns

State of Missouri Special Election  – Legislative District – 57

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

State Representative – District 57   Precincts Reporting 20 of 20

  Whitehead, Hope DEM 969 55.9%

  May, Karla IND 763 44.1%

Total Votes   1,732

Unofficial Election Returns

State of Missouri Special Election  – Legislative District – 27

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

State Representative – District 27   Precincts Reporting 13 of 13

  Conway, Pat DEM 1,240 65.4%

  Gregory, Jason REP 655 34.6%

Total Votes   1,895

Man, the relatively low number of “Total Votes” in special elections always surprises me. And it shouldn’t, given our current political environment. We all know getting modern Americans to actively participate in their own Democracy is just as tough as getting them to watch American Idol. Oh, wait.

The House Democratic Campaign Committee issued the following press release:

Democrat Landslides Send Strong Message

Democrat performance trending higher despite GOP attacks

JEFFERSON CITY – Despite well funded Republican negative attacks in two special elections, House District 73 in November and today in House District 27, support for the Democratic candidates continued to increase.

“Clearly what we are seeing here in Missouri is that voters want nothing to do with the “pay to play” Republican leadership in Jefferson City. Instead, they are voting in larger numbers for Democrats who they trust to create jobs, stand up against “pay to play” corruption and defend Missouri families in these very tough economic times,” said Democratic Speaker-Elect Mike Talboy, Chairman of the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

Pat Conway, the Buchanan County Clerk, who is widely respected throughout Buchanan County, swept the special election tonight with over 65% of the vote. His total tops newly elected State Representative Stacey Newman (D-Clayton), who swept her election in November with 61% of the vote despite well funded Republican attack ads.

“We saw the same thing in both races by Republicans: smears. Voters don’t want to hear the same old negative Republican rhetoric, they want to hear about solutions to the problems facing their family and community, and tonight once again, we are honored to have their trust and support,” said Talboy.

Also elected tonight was Democrat Hope Whitehead who was victorious against an Independent candidate.

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