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Carnahan, Blunt Sail to Victories

Just as many predicted, two members of high-profile political families will be meeting in the Senate race for a much anticipated showdown in November’s election. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

As the ballots poured in Tuesday evening in the Greene County Election Center on Booneville, many were not surprised by the results that followed in the primary election for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

Republican Roy Blunt was able to hold off underdog Chuck Purgason with more than 70% of the votes for a victory. Democratic candidate Robin Carnahan completed her anticipated victory with 84% of the votes.

While Robin Carnahan’s victory came as no surprise, the Republican side came with a little more drama entering the day. Analysts were closely watching how state Senator Chuck Purgason would do, since he was favored by Tea Party activists.

Even with Blunt’s victory, Tea Party members say they are happy with the outcome. Ike Skelton is a member of the core group of the Lebanon Tea Party.

“Obviously the Tea Party would have liked to have seen things done a little bit differently, but Roy Blunt is a good man. I’m sure that we will support him. Our main objective will be to defeat Robin Carnahan in the fall,” Skelton says.

While Purgason was easily defeated by Blunt’s campaign, the small-business owner from south central Missouri says he feels there were a lot of positives that came out of his own campaign.

“You know I’m proud of the way we ran the campaign. We were able to train a lot of new volunteers, people that are concerned about the direction our country is going and hopefully we are beginning to get the Republican party back to what the party, I think, was meant to be. That is a party of personal responsibility, balanced budget and getting this country back in shape,” says Pergason

Although voter turnout in Greene County was predicted to be between 25 and 30%, it actually turned out to be around 22%.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.