SEMO News Service
The 2012 General Election ballots were tallied into the late night hours on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with several area and national positions and issues being decided.
In the race for Dunklin County Commission, First District, Jeanie Moore Herbst defeated Rob Huber, 59.5 percent to 40.3 percent.
In the race for State Senator, District 25, Doug Libla defeated Terry Swinger 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent.
Kent Hampton narrowly defeated Tom Todd for the position of State Representative, District 150, 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent.
In the race for Circuit Judge, Circuit 35, Rob Mayer defeated Steve Mitchell 58.7 percent to 41.3 percent.
Although Missouri's popular vote leaned towards Mitt Romney defeating President Barack Obama, 53.9 percent to 44.3 percent, the president retained his seat nationally, 50 percent to 48 percent.
For the Missouri ballot issues, state totals saw Constitutional Amendment 3, regarding a change to the current method for supreme court and appeals court judges, voted down 76 percent to 24 percent. Proposition A, which related to cities not with a county to establish a municipal police force, passed with a total of 63.9 percent to 36.1 percent. Proposition B, relating to the tobacco and cigarette tax increase, was voted down 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. Proposition E, regarding prohitibing the governor or state agency from operating state-based health insurance programs without a vote of the people, passed by a vote of 61.8 percent to 38.2 percent.
Other Missouri races saw Senator Claire McCaskill retain her position as U.S. Senator with 54.7 percent of the votes to Todd Akin's 39.2 percent.
Gov. Jay Nixon also retained his position, defeating challenger David Spence 54.7 percent to 42.6 percent.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder edged out challenger Susan Montee by 49.4 percent to 45.4 percent to retain his position.
In the race for Secretary of State, Jason Kander narrowly defeated Shane Schoeller, 48.8 percent to 47.5 percent.
Incumbent Clint Zweifel defeated Cole McNary 50.3 percent to 45.5 percent to retain the position of State Treasurer.
In the Attorney General race, Chris Koster defeated Ed Martin 55.8 percent to 40.7 percent.
In the race for U.S. Representative, 8th District, Jo Ann Emerson defeated Jack Rushin 71.9 percent to 24.6 percent.
Other ballot measured included:
City of Malden question
* Yes - 28.8 percent
* No - 71.2 percent
Delta C-7 School question
* Yes - 67.4 percent
* No - 32.6 percent
* Percentages taken from the Missouri Secretary of State website, sos.mo.gov. All totals presented above are unofficial preliminary totals.