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Blunt takes Senate; Long succeeds him in House

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Republicans Roy Blunt and Billy Long were elected by Missouri voters in the general election yesterday, while 22-year Greene County Commissioner was unseated.

Springfieldians Blunt and Long took the Nov. 2 general election with wins in the U.S. Senate race and U.S. Congressional District 7 seat race, respectively.

Former Congressman Blunt received 54.3 percent of the votes, while Democrat Robin Carnahan received 40.6 percent of the votes, according to election results posted on the Missouri Secretary of State's Web site.

Long - 30-year auctioneer and realtor turned politician - defeated Democratic nominee Scott Eckersley, with Long taking 63.4 percent of the votes and Eckersley gaining 30.3 percent.

Blunt's and Long's wins mirror statewide wins for the Republican party, who took 6 of the 9 districts for U.S. House of Representative seats. Districts 1, 3 and 5 voted in Democrats.

Greene County Presiding Commissioner David Coonrod (D), who has held a commissioner position for nearly two decades, was defeated by Republican candidate James Viebrock. Coonrod received 41.92 percent of the votes cast, while Viebrock received 54.02 percent, according to results posted on the county clerk's Web site.

Arguably one of the most highly contested races was the Proposition B vote, which will change regulations related to large dog breeding facilities. Of the 1.9 million votes, 51.6 percent voted yes, while 48.4 percent voted no. The passed proposition amends Missouri law to require large-scale dog breeders to operate with sufficient food, water, housing and space for the amount of dogs owned, and it prohibits any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets.

Constitutional Amendments 1, 2 and 3, as well as Proposition A also were passed through by voters. The issues can be reviewed here.

Of Greene County's registered voters, 44.1 percent turned up to the polls.

Interactive results maps can be found at the Secretary of State's Web site.
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