Statewide Missouri Primary Election Results

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Republican Rep. Sam Graves will square off with novice politician Henry Martin in November after their primary victories.

Graves, of Tarkio, who is seeking a 10th term, was unopposed Tuesday. Martin defeated two other candidates in the Democratic primary.

The district that covers a wide swath of rural northern Missouri has skewed decidedly conservative in recent years. After narrowly defeating Democrat Steve Danner in 2000, Graves has won easily in every general election since.

Graves serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Martin is an Army veteran. He has said infrastructure improvements, better education and justice reform are issues he wants to address in Congress.

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Missouri voters have rejected a right-to-work law that would have banned mandatory union fees in workplace contracts.

The vote Tuesday marked a major victory for unions, which poured millions of dollars into a campaign to defeat Proposition A.

The right-to-work law originally was enacted in 2017 by Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature and governor. But it never took effect, because unions gathered enough petition signatures to force a public referendum on it.

Unions argued the measure would have led to lower wages, while business groups claimed it could have led to more jobs. Economic studies showed mixed and sometimes conflicting results.

Twenty-seven other states have similar laws against compulsory union fees, including five Republican-led states that have acted since 2012 — Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has won the Republican nomination in one of the nation’s most hotly contested Senate race.

Voters on Tuesday picked Hawley as expected over 10 other GOP challengers in the race for Democrat Claire McCaskill’s seat. He was the only candidate to have previously won a statewide election and had considerably more money than the other Republicans in the field. He’s backed by President Donald Trump.

Republicans are eyeing the now-Democratic seat as a prime pickup opportunity in a state Trump won by nearly 19 points.

A McCaskill-Hawley matchup is expected to be one of the nation’s top showdowns. McCaskill is running as a moderate in the red state. Hawley is campaigning largely on support for Trump. He is attempting to paint his rival as a liberal obstructionist.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has won the Democratic primary in her campaign for a third term.

Voters picked McCaskill Tuesday as expected over six other Democratic challengers.

Republicans are eyeing the Democratic seat in a state President Donald Trump won by nearly 19 points in 2016. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley was favored in an 11-candidate Republican primary for the right to face McCaskill in November.

A McCaskill-Hawley matchup is expected to be one of the most hotly contested races in the nation. McCaskill is running as a moderate in the red state. Hawley is campaigning largely on support for Trump and is attempting to paint his rival as a liberal obstructionist.

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Saundra McDowell, an attorney who worked for two state offices, has defeated three other candidates to win the Republican primary in the race for Missouri auditor.

McDowell’s win on Tuesday means she will face Democratic incumbent Nicole Galloway in the November general election. Galloway and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill are Missouri’s only statewide Democratic office-holders. Galloway was unopposed in the primary.

McDowell is a 38-year-old Air Force veteran. She worked as director of enforcement for the secretary of state’s securities division before resigning to run for auditor. She previously worked in the attorney general’s office.

She defeated state Rep. Paul Curtman of Pacific, Ballwin alderman Kevin Roach and suburban St. Louis attorney David Wasinger.