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2016 Year in Review No. 6: Republicans sweep state offices, take White House

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UNITED STATES—The nation suffered through a historic election in 2016. With a campaign season that stretched well into 2015, Americans spent the majority of the year debating candidates on every stage – local, statewide and nationally.

Republican Donald Trump won the nation’s highest seat in a bitter battle with Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the GOP retained control of the U.S. House and Senate.

Trump earned 279 electoral votes, but Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2 million ballots cast. Trump won Missouri with 1.6 million votes or 56.9 percent of ballots cast. In Greene County, Trump received over 77,380 votes or 59.8 percent.

Republicans ruled the statewide stage as well, winning every statewide office. Newcomer Eric Greitens will take the Missouri governor’s seat in January.

The Show-Me State’s U.S. Senate seat went to incumbent Republican Roy Blunt. He won 49.3 percent of the votes.

In Greene County, eight state representative seats were on the ballot. Winners were: Republicans Jeff Messenger, Sonya Anderson, Curtis Trent, Elijah Haahr, Steve Helms, Kevin Austin and Lyndall Fraker. Lone democrat Crystal Quade also won her seat.

Missourians also passed several constitutional amendments, including a tax to fund soil and water conservation at state parks and historic sites; establishing limits and other rules on campaign contributions; and requiring residents to present a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. 

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