More than 11,000 citizens voted Tuesday to decide three Texas County races. There were also significant state and national seats at stake, highlighted by the next Missouri governor and president of the United States.
Republicans swept the local contested races as newcomers Laura Crowley and Marie Lasater joined incumbent John Casey as winners. Crowley was elected the new county clerk while Lasater was selected county coroner. Casey was retained as county commissioner in District 1.
The Republican tone carried in the national and state races as well.
Texas County voters preferred presidential candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton 8-875-1,728.
Veteran senator Roy Blunt had a 7,619-2,829 edge against Jason Kander.
The governor race went to Eric Greitens, who was a 7,659-2,918 winner against Chris Koster.
More than 68 percent of Texas County’s 16,356 voters cast ballots. Just over 10 percent of the total of 11,131 votes were absentee.
Both Dunn and Roby led the county with 66 percent voter turnout.
Nearly 58 percent of Houston’s registered voters — 2,212 of 3,833 — cast ballots. Cabool was just above 60 percent while Licking was over 61 percent.
Crowley defeated Kris Neal 7,160-3,545 to become the new county clerk. She won in every precinct.
Lasater beat Tom Whittaker 5,778-4,874 to win the coroner race. Whittaker received more votes in his hometown of Cabool and Houston. But Lasater won the other precincts, highlighted by a 1,246-686 edge in her hometown of Licking.
Casey held off challenger Scott McKinney 3,743-2,194 to retain his position as commissioner in District 1. He won every precinct except Houston, where McKinney won by 45 votes.
Seven Texas County officeholders — all incumbents — ran unopposed in Texas County: Lindsay Koch, recorder of deeds; James Sigman, sheriff; Debbie James, assessor; Tammy Cantrell, collector-treasurer; Connie Thompson, public administrator; Doyle Heiney, commissioner district 2; and Charles Manier, surveyor. Cantrell is the lone Democrat.
Incumbents Robert Ross and Jason Smith, both Republicans, were landslide winners in the county. Ross, the 142nd District Representative, beat Bobby Johnston Jr. 8,786-1,894 and Smith downed Dave Cowell 8,826-1,696.
County voters chose Republicans in every statewide race.
• Lieutenant Governor: Mike Parson def. Ross Carnahan 8,023-2,417.
• Secretary of State: John “Jay” Ashcroft def. Robin Smith 8,369-2,075.
• State Treasurer: Eric Schmitt def. Judy Baker 8,352-2,095.
• Attorney General: Josh Hawley def. Teresa Hensley 8,276-2,522.
Also on the ballot were five constitutional amendments, a proposition and question about Richard B. Teitelman, a Missouri Supreme Court judge.
County voters supported four amendments — parkssoil tax, campaign finance limits, sales taxes on services and voter identification.
An amendment and proposition for cigarette taxes were defeated.
The measure asking if Teitelman should be retained was supported 5,866-3,891.