2010 Republican Victories
2010 Republican Victories
Across the nation and throughout Missouri, millions of Americans stood up for freedom and against Barack Obama’s big government policies. In race after race and state after state, overwhelming Republican victories serve as both a repudiation of the Democrats failed agenda and a call to return to responsible, common-sense solutions that will create jobs, jumpstart the economy, and rein in a national debt that is threatening our future. Here are the highlights:
- Roy Blunt defeated Robin Carnahan by nearly 14 points—more than 265,000 votes. It was the largest margin of victory in a Senate race in Missouri since 1994. Blunt won 112 of 115 elections jurisdictions. His largest margin of victory came in Barton County, which he won with 79.9% of the vote (and a margin of 64 points).
- After Tuesday’s elections, Republicans will now hold a 6-3 advantage in Missouri’s congressional delegation. Missouri voters reelected Todd Akin, Jo Ann Emerson, Sam Graves, and Blaine Luetkemeyer by wide margins, and they overwhelmingly elected Billy Long in Missouri’s 7th District, which formerly belonged to Rep. Roy Blunt. In Missouri’s 4th District, Vicky Hartzler defeated 34-year incumbent Democrat Ike Skelton by nearly 12,000 votes. 109 out of 114 Missouri counties are now fully represented in Congress by a Republican representative.
- Across the state, more than 1.1 million Missourians cast a ballot for a Republican congressional candidate. By contrast, just over 700,000 votes were cast for a Democrat candidate.
- In the race for State Auditor, Tom Schweich defeated Susan Montee by a comfortable margin. Schweich won 103 counties and defeated Montee by more than 5 points (103,000 votes).
- Although Republicans were defending more than 40 open seats in the State House, the Missouri GOP made historic gains. In fact, it was the largest gain in the House by either party since the 1930s. Republicans gained 17 seats formerly held by Democrats—giving us a whopping 106-57 majority in the House. This is the largest number of seats ever held by the GOP.
- These massive GOP gains in the State House were made possible by victories not just in open seats, but also by Republican victories over 10 Democrat incumbents—including 3 seats formerly held by members of the House Democratic leadership. By contrast, not a single GOP incumbent was defeated.
- In the Missouri Senate, Republicans increased our majority to an unprecedented level—gaining 3 seats and bringing our margin to 26-8. Republican candidates defeated incumbent Democrats in the 16th District (Northeast Missouri) and 18th District (south-central Missouri), as well as winning the open seat in district 24 (suburban St Louis), which was formerly held by a liberal Democrat. Of Missouri’s 114 counties, 111 are fully represented by GOP members of the State Senate.
- In St. Louis County, Bill Corrigan came with 16,000 votes of defeating incumbent Democrat Charlie Dooley. The results prove that a well-funded, quality candidate can make St Louis County competitive for Republicans.
- In Jefferson County, which has traditionally been a Democrat stronghold, the GOP won 6 out of the 7 newly-created County Council seats—and the County Executive’s race. In addition, Republicans picked up 3 State House seats from Jefferson County.