Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Democratic incumbent easily won over his Republican challenger.
In a win that surprised no one, Rep. William Lacy Clay defeated his Republican challenger Robyn Hamlin in Missouri's First Congressional District. This is the second time Clay has defeated Hamlin. With 214 of 497 precincts counted on the Missouri Secretary of State's website, the unofficial results show Clay won with 75.6 percent of the vote. Hamlin collected 20.9 percent. Libertarian candidate Robb Cunningham received 5,898 votes, or 3.5 percent. In the 214 precincts, Clay had 128,610 votes to Hamlin's 35,629. The First District trends Democratic and the big election of 2012 was the August primary when Clay faced off against fellow House member Russ Carnahan. Carnahan's residence moved from the 3rd District to the 1st when Missouri's …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will affect Maryland Heights and St. Louis County.
As we close in on November’s elections, Creve Coeur Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. In addition to our own coverage, we will be inviting candidates in every race to upload information about their campaigns directly to this site. You will definitely want to bookmark this page for updates. U.S. Senate Claire McCaskill's bid for re-election will be closely watched by the entire nation in part because of her close ties to President Obama's 2008 campaign. The fiercely-fought GOP primary saw U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), emerge victorious, only to be under fire a few weeks later because of comments he mde in a television interview regarding pregnancy and rape. A September 25 deadline …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The 1st District incumbent plans to focus on the economy and jobs for the district area.
After weeks of intraparty warfare in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, Rep. William Lacy Clay came out on top of Rep. Russ Carnahan Tuesday night. Rep. Clay toppled Rep. Carnahan Tuesday night 57,580-30,895, according to the unofficial results. “This showed that the people trusted me enough to represent them,” he said in his victory speech. “This race is about coming together and showing how we can work together in cohesion.” Rep. Carnahan conceded the race just after 10 p.m. and spoke to a crowd of supporters and family members. He thanked his family, including his wife and children; his mother former Sen. Jean Carnahan; his brother and sister, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. "The sacrifices they have made for me have …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
After weeks of debating, campaigning, the two longstanding Democrats will face off today.
Tuesday, voters will decide the Democratic challenger in the hotly contested Missouri 1st Congressional District race. For weeks, Reps. William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan have been trading barbs in ads and interviews for the chance to continue serving St. Louis City and County residents. After Rep. Carnahan’s 3rd district was dissolved due to redistricting, he decided to run against Clay in the 1st Congressional District, which has turned into a slugfest. While the last financial reports revealed Carnahan had raised more and spent more than the 1st District incumbent, Clay struck first in television ads. Monday, KSDK News reported that Clay is edging Carnahan out, according to poll results from Survey USA. According to the poll, Clay is …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Candidate for the First Congressional district seat sits in the 'Colbert Report' hot seat.
Late night funny man Stephen Colbert has made a habit out of putting members of Congress in uncomfortable spots over the years in a regular segment on his satirical program, The Colbert Report. Thursday night, that segment featured U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis), who is locked in a redistricted primary with U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay in the 1st Congressional district. But Colbert began the Q & A focusing on Monsanto, the Creve Coeur agri-giant. Colbert asked if the company's headquarters were in his district (the new 1st), and Rep. Carnahan said it was. Under the new boundaries, the company's headquarters appear to be physically located in the new 2nd Congressional district—with Warson Road being the dividing line, literally across…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
According to the latest campaign finance reports, Clay has more money on hand, while Carnahan has outspent the incumbent.
Rep. Russ Carnahan has built quite the war chest for this campaign season compared to 1st Congressional District incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay. According to the campaign finance reports filed through June 30, Carnahan has accumulated a total of more than $1.2 million, while Clay has wracked up more than $550,000. So far, Carnahan has spent more than $875,000, while Clay has spent a little more than $400,000. (Check out Clay’s first TV advertisement released Tuesday.) On the flip side, Clay still has on hand more than $420,000, while Carnahan has $366,000. The two will face off in the Aug. 7 primary.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Did the Governor do it to spite U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan?
Back when he was merely a gubernatorial contender, Gov. Jay Nixon reacted to then-Rep. Jeff Harris’ entry into the race for attorney general in fairly simple terms. He said in 2007 that the Columbia Democrat would make a “super attorney general.” When Harris used that line in an ad in 2008, Nixon’s campaign put out a statement that he had not endorsed anybody in the competitive four-way Democratic primary. Harris ended up coming in third place, behind second-place finisher Margaret Donnelly and eventual victor Chris Koster. The episode showcased how reluctant Nixon can be when choosing to endorse people engaged in competitive primaries. That’s why his decision to emphatically endorse Rep. Lacy Clay (D-St. Louis) over Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Represenative Russ Carnahan gets a notable endorsement in his bid against Representative Lacy Clay.
Reps. Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay each snagged labor endorsements in their bids to stay in Congress. The two St. Louis City Democrats are both running in the 1st Congressional District, an area that encompasses all of St. Louis City and portions of north St. Louis County. It’s a race that’s expected to be quite heated, as evidenced by the barbs traded between the two on the first day of filing. A few weeks ago Clay received an endorsement from the Missouri branch of the AFL-CIO, one of the largest labor unions in the state. This week, Carnahan nabbed endorsements from firefighters unions that encompass St. Louis City and St. Louis County. It’s not that surprising because the St. Louis City union commended Carnahan for his work retrieving …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Reactions to big speeches by chief executives are relatively predictable.
Whether it’s Missouri’s State of the State or the United States' State of Union, a chief executive’s speech to a legislative body typically makes reporters’ inboxes balloon. And it’s not just because Harry & David’s sends an unusually large amount emails advertising its latest delicious sale. Rather, lawmakers tend to enjoy providing snap reactions to high-profile events. That was certainly the case earlier this month when Gov. Jay Nixon gave his State of the State address. And it was also what happened when President Barack Obama’s State of the Union delivered his State of the Union earlier this week, which took place as the race for the Republican presidential nomination continues to gather more and more attention. And the responses to …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Plus: Sommer wins recount, Clay-Carnahan examined and pols get in Christmas spirit.
House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller—a Willard Republican running for secretary of state—will be holding a fundraising event next Thursday in Town and Country. The event at the Cedar Springs Clubhouse will be hosted by Rep. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country). In addition to a slew of Republican state representatives, the event will also feature House Majority Leader Tim Jones (R-Eureka) and Sen. Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis County). Jones is expected to become the next House Speaker if Republicans retain control on that chamber next year. Schoeller is in a crowded race to replace Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) and Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) are running for the GOP nomination, while Rep. Jason Kander…