Via the Missouri Secretary of State:
State Senator – District 1 (106 of 106 Precincts Reported)
Scott Sifton Democrat 45,486 50.9%
Jim Lembke Republican 43,858 49.1%
Total Votes 89,344
Yes, this Jim Lembke (r) will no longer serve in the Missouri Senate come January.
Scott Sifton (D), the Senator-elect, will have a different agenda (from his campaign web site):
….”Lobbyists shower gifts, meals and trips on elected officials for one reason – it works,” said Scott Sifton. “There aren’t lobbyists for ordinary citizens in Jefferson City. We need to take the gifts-for-access model off the table.”
Sifton has never accepted a meal, trip or gift from a lobbyist – and he never will.
Sifton continued, “I agree with Republican State Senator John Lamping (R-24), who was quoted, ‘We, as elected officials, need to hold ourselves to the highest standards.'” Lamping, like Sifton, accepts no gifts, no trips, and no free meals.
“My first piece of legislation I file will be a total ban on lobbyist gifts to legislators, their staffs and their families. It has to stop.” Sifton concluded.
That would be a good start.