General Election 2016

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

A day after Republican Donald Trump pulled off an unexpected win against Democrat Hillary Clinton to become the United States' president-elect, KSMU talked with a political science professor at Drury University for answers to why the election turned out the way it did.

Dan Ponder says this election is reminiscent of the 2000 Presidential Election, when Al Gore received the popular vote, but Bush won the presidency. So far, Senator Hillary Clinton has the popular vote, but Donald Trump has won the presidency.

Republicans Dominate in Howell and Newton County Races

Nov 9, 2016
Michele Skalicky

In Newton and Howell Counties, Republican candidates for office came out on top Tuesday.

Contested races in Howell County included those for state representative for Districts 142 and 154. In District 142, Robert Ross (Rep) won with 82.41% of the votes, a decisive victory against his opponent Bobby Johnston, Jr. (Dem). District 154 will be represented by Shawn Rhoads (Rep), who gained 74.94% of the vote against Terry Hampton (Ind).

Christian County Courthouse
Christian County, MO

It was a Republican sweep in Christian County Tuesday.  Here are local election results from that county:

Republican Jennifer Growcock ran unopposed in the race for circuit judge. 

Republican Lynn Morris defeated Democrat Jim Billedo for representative of House District 140 with 76 percent of the vote.

Republican Jered Taylor ran unopposed for representative of House District 139. 

Another race that featured only one candidate was House District 138, which was won by Republican Don Phillips. 

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Reactions in the Ozarks to Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday were mixed.  Erica Engleby was pleased with the results.

"I think that he ran an amazing campaign, you know, he never gave up and none of his people ever gave up even when the media and everyone else was counting them out, he believed in himself and everyone else did too, and so I'm really excited to help celebrate this victory tonight," she said.

Hillary Clinton supporters expressed a variety of emotions from shock to sadness.  Anne Chatman supported Clinton.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Republicans held off a Democratic takeover of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, and in doing so voted back incumbents like Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri.

Blunt took to the stage at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center in Springfield right around midnight Tuesday shortly after Democrat Jason Kander called him to concede.

“What a competition it was, how sweet it is to win, but particularly how sweet it is to win and be part of what is happening in our state,” Blunt says.