Thursday, November 8, 2012
Callaway County voters gave solid support to Republican candidates for state and federal office in all contests except for attorney general.
Republican Mitt Romney had more votes than Democrat President Barack Obama in Callaway County by 11,742 to 6,070, a landslide margin of 64 percent to 33 percent. Although Obama won nationwide, Romney outpolled the president in Missouri by a 54 percent to 44 percent margin. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 2 percent.
In Callaway County, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin topped incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill 8,661 to 7,967, a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent. Libertarian and write-in votes accounted for the rest of the votes. Statewide McCaskill defeated Akin by a margin of 55 percent to 39 percent. Libertarian Jonathan Dine had 6 percent.
In Callaway County, Republican governor candidate Dave Spence had more votes than Gov. Jay Nixon, 9,496 to 8,012, a margin of 52 percent to 44 percent. But statewide Nixon won by a margin of 55 percent to 43 percent. Libertarian Jim Higgins had 3 percent of the vote and there were 51 write-in votes.