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Cognitive dissonance. But then, that’s not really true because there is no exhibited discomfort.

In 2012 Claire McCaskill (D) won Johnson County, Missouri by around 7.5%. In 2018 she lost the county by a much larger margin, over 22%.

2018 election results, via the Johnson County, Missouri County Clerk/Election Authority:

SUMMARY REPORT Unofficial Results
Run Date:11/08/18 November 6, 2018
RUN TIME:12:19 PM General Election

PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 11) . . . . . 11
REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 32,281
BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 17,812
VOTER TURNOUT – TOTAL . . . . . . 55.18%

U.S. SENATOR
(VOTE FOR) 1
Josh Hawley (REP). . . . . . . . 10,449 58.98%
Claire McCaskill (DEM) . . . . . . 6,468 36.51%
Japheth Campbell (LIB) . . . . . . 289 1.63%
Jo Crain (GRE). . . . . . . . . 87 .49%
Craig O’Dear (IND) . . . . . . . 407 2.30%
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 16 .09%
Total . . . . . . . . . 17,716

The 2012 U.S. Senate results, via the Missouri Secretary of State:

State of Missouri – General Election, November 06, 2012
Official Results
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on December 05, 2012
[Johnson County]
U.S. Senator
11 of 11 Precincts Reported

Claire McCaskill Democratic 10,197 49.097%
Todd Akin Republican 8,613 41.470%
Jonathan Dine Libertarian 1,959 9.432%
Total Votes: 20,769

There ain’t that many Libertarians in Johnson County, Missouri, not then and not now.

Back to 2018:

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 1
(VOTE FOR) 1
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,089 58.10%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,277 41.90%
Total . . . . . . . . . 17,366

The voted overwhelmingly for ethics, campaign finance, lobbying, and redistricting reform. And yet, they voted for the people opposed to the initiative, including incumbents who they returned to the Missouri General Assembly.

And, on medical marijuana:

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 2
(VOTE FOR) 1
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,307 64.39%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,252 35.61%
Total . . . . . . . . . 17,559

They really liked that initiative. What gives?

The voted overwhelmingly to raise the minimum wage in Missouri:

PROPOSITION B
(VOTE FOR) 1
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,051 57.25%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,506 42.75%
Total . . . . . . . . . 17,557

Again, they voted for the republican U.S. Senate candidate opposed to the initiative, and the republican incumbents in the Missouri House, also opposed to the initiative, who they returned to the Missouri General Assembly.

In the August 2018 primary, Johnson County voters voted overwhelmingly against imposing the “right to get paid less” initiative on Missourians:

SUMMARY REPORT All Precincts Reporting 100%
Run Date:08/13/18 August 7, 2018
RUN TIME:02:06 PM Primary Election

Right To Work Question
(VOTE FOR) 1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED 100%)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,294 34.85
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,157 65.15

Johnson County voters felt even more strongly about this than they did about approving medical marijuana in the November general election. And, yet again, the voted for the republican U.S. Senate candidate who supported the initiative, and the republican incumbents in the Missouri House, also who supported to the initiative, who they returned to the Missouri General Assembly.

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

What gives?

Previously:

What’s the matter with Saline County? (November 9, 2018)