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Mitt Romney Wins Missouri

Voters in Missouri on Tuesday cast their ballot for Mitt Romney, giving him the state's 10 electoral votes.

Mitt Romney is projected to win Missouri’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Barack Obama. With 48 percent of the votes counted in the state, Romney leads with 57 to 41 percent of the vote.

Two networks, CBS News and NBC News, have projected Romney to win Missouri.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Republican candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 4 out of 5 times.

Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Missouri. The state has typically been a Republican stronghold in recent presidential elections. 

The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state as well as jobs and Obama's push for universal health care. The campaign, while not close in Missouri, was seen as close by some voters nationally.

"I'm here to hopefully have a change in the country. The economy. No jobs. Tax increases on things that aren't necessary. Just the whole mood of the economy," Jack Cusamano of Town and Country said. "I just want to see a leader do what they say they're going to do and help the small people succeed."

Will Edgar, 18, was undecided until this morning when he decided jobs might tilt him toward Romney. The issue that tilted him toward Mitt Romney concerns Edgar's choice of future career: underwater welding. 

"I'm going to school to be an underwater welder and Mitt's all for starting all sorts of drilling, particularly off the East Coast," he said, adding that Obama has sought to restrict it. So, when did he decide? "When I woke up this morning."

Rick Luebcke of Chesterfield, a lifelong Republican, voted for Obama.

"While I spent my career with a major automobile company and have supported the Republican Party, I just don't think that their opinion of how the country should be run helps the people of the country in which they live," he said.

Cole West, of Arnold, told Patch he was pro-Obama because of the president's stance on health care.

"My 4-year-old has a heart condition, and Obama's plan would eliminate the pre-existing condition clause so my daughter Ava could get health insurance," West said.

But Angela Debasto, 20, said of Romney, "I like the plan that he has. I think he knows how to balance the budget better and I don't like the things that have happened in the last four years. We need a change."

Patch editors Frank Johnson, Kalen Ponche, Gabrielle Biondo and Sheri Gassaway contributed to this report.

JPPugh November 07, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.
RDBet November 07, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Agreed JP. A lot of money was wasted on this campaign, the vast majority of it GOP and outside money trying to buy state seats. I am fine with living in a red state, even though it does not reflect the national electorate anymore. This election does not bode well for the GOP in the future with shifting demographics.
The Missourian November 07, 2012 at 06:19 AM
The GOP as we know it is done. They've boxed themselves into a corner of hate or at least contempt for large segments of the electorate. Contempt for immigrants, women, students, most brown people, the poor, the elderly, the educated, the unionized, the non evangelical, the gay...you name a group and they seem to be against it. That is why they lost. A four year long smear campaign against the President - and not stinging critique of policy, but mostly straight up fabrications - wasn't enough in the new multi-faceted America. The game has changed.
Faye Mason November 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM
@ The Missourian couldn't have said it better.
JP November 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Time to move to TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Caffeinated November 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Good idea JP!!!!!!!
The Missourian November 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Need help finding a moving truck, boxing your stuff, changing address? Give me a ring. I'll help!
Merlene Green November 07, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Humm....Romney's victory doesn't surprise me one bit.....This is a "RED" state.
RegalT62 November 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I really think that those on the Right need to rethink their news sources. Those Pundits were soooooo wrong about reading the electorate - and the polls. It is obvious that the Republican party is out of touch and wants to stay that way - and wants to only listen to those who say what they want to hear.
Watts November 07, 2012 at 07:26 PM
It has been the Republican goal to objectify people as "others." You could see it with the handling of Romney. When did we most hear about Romney was a Mormon? It was during the Republican primaries. Even if it was the repeated "Oh, the fact that he is a MORMON doesn't bother me;" it meant constantly making sure that his religion was at the front of every discussion, almost like a backhanded compliment; keeping it out there as a dog whistle because they knew that it struck a chord in the base. Then when the national election was between Obama and Romney, the mention of his religion was rarely ever heard about again. What you mainly saw from Republicans were these same portrayals of Obama as some sort of "other." Actually, not even a singular "other," but objectifying him as some other religion, some other nationality, some other completely different political philosophy, etc. This is the strongest tool that the Republican party has to fight their political races and to divide the country by compartmentalizing people into these groups with varying and conflicting (and mostly fictitious) agendas. For anybody who was spewing such vile rhetoric on sites like Patch, at family picnics or at the local pub, no matter the greater good that you perceived and used to justify it in your head, I think that today is a day for looking in the mirror as the whole Republican party ought to be doing right now. Yesterday, this great nation overwhelmingly rejected that way of thinking.
Watts November 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Krauthammer is my favorite, because it is completely laughable when you hear the words coming out of his mouth. They love having him on Fox, because anybody else would at some point care about their personal reputation, but not good ol' Charles. That guy takes the bullet every time to sit in front of a camera and say the most ridiculous things. If you ever want a reality check, you should see what Krauthammer says on the subject and then realize that the exact opposite is taking place or about to happen.
RDBet November 07, 2012 at 08:20 PM
To partake in some schadenfreude, I turned it to Fox News and caught some of Krauthammer. You nailed it, Watts. His dour face was a hilarous contrast to the Barbie commentator. Also had the good fortune to catch Karl Rove's meltdown when the race was called (prematurely in his errant estimation).That was great. He couldn't figure out why all his money from Crossroads was not working. http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/11/07/_karl_rove_had_a_bad_night.html
Watts November 08, 2012 at 09:42 AM
I have equated Rove's mathematical gymnastics that he attempts there to this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxj9zm5A3wU

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