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One of the cable news network talking head shows (or was it one of the old network talking head shows) mentioned the fact that in 2012 Claire McCaskill (D) won Saline County by close to twenty points and in 2018 she lost it by a similar margin.

The 2018 results via the Missouri Secretary of State:

State of Missouri – General Election, November 06, 2018
Unofficial Results

U.S. Senator
14 of 14 Precincts Reported

Josh Hawley Republican 4,569 58.285%
Claire McCaskill Democratic 2,895 36.931%
Japheth Campbell Libertarian 128 1.633%
Jo Crain Green 57 0.727%
Craig O’Dear Independent 190 2.424%

Total Votes: 7,839

And the initiative on ethics, campaign finance, lobbying, and redistricting reform:

Constitutional Amendment No. 1
14 of 14 Precincts Reported

YES 4,467 58.225%
NO 3,205 41.775%
Total Votes: 7,672

Which they overwhelmingly supported.

And the initiative on medical marijuana:

Constitutional Amendment No. 2
14 of 14 Precincts Reported
YES 4,864 62.479%
NO 2,921 37.521%
Total Votes: 7,785

Which they overwhelmingly supported, by an even larger margin. What’s with that?

And the initiative to raise the minimum wage in Missouri:

Proposition B
14 of 14 Precincts Reported

YES 4,361 56.843%
NO 3,311 43.157%
Total Votes: 7,672

Which they overwhelmingly supported.

And “Right to get paid less” was on the August primary ballot:

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 07, 2018
Official Results
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on August 27, 2018

Proposition A
14 of 14 Precincts Reported

YES 1,362 33.721%
NO 2,677 66.279%
Total Votes: 4,039

Which they overwhelmingly rejected.

So, the good people of Saline County voted for the CLEAN Missouri initiative, for medical marijuana, for raising the minimum wage, and against imposing “right to get paid less”. And, they also voted for and elected the U.S. Senate candidate (and General Assembly candidates) who were opposed to initiatives they supported.

Voters in other counties and across the state did the same thing.

What gives?