BENTON -- Cell phones rang and messages relayed as supporters of both the 160th State Representative incumbent Republican Peter Myers and challenger Democrat Donnie Kiefer crowded into the lobby of the Scott County Courthouse Tuesday night, waiting to hear the Scott County election results.
The 160th District race was tight with a difference of only 230 votes, but at night's end, the unofficial Scott County vote went to Myers with 4,844 votes over Kiefer's 4,614 votes. Myers is seeking re-election for a third term.
Nearly 12,000 Scott County voters stepped up to the polls this election year, and Scott County Clerk Rita Milam said it was a higher turnout than expected. "I think it was good for the county that so many people came out and voted," she said.
Other unofficial Scott County totals provided by Milam's office are as follows:
The closely watched Senate race between incumbent Democrat Jean Carnahan, who was appointed to the position two years ago, and Republican challenger Jim Talent came to a halt in Scott County as Talent was selected by voters. Talent received 7,123 votes in Scott County, while Carnahan received 4,885 votes.
Libertarian Tamara A. Millay received 78 votes, and the Green Party's Daniel (digger) Romano received 30 votes.
The controversial Proposition A was rejected by Scott County voters, with 7,014 voters opposing it and 4,520 voters in favor of it. This proposal, which was also rejected statewide, would have imposed a 55-cent increase per pack of cigarettes and a 20 percent increase on all other tobacco products.
Running without opposition in Scott County were Democrats Hense Winchester, Division No. 4 associate circuit judge, 8,762 votes; David C. Mann, Division No. 5 associate circuit judge, 8,542 votes; Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner of the county commission, 8,845 votes; Pam Glastetter, circuit court clerk, 8,867 votes; Rita Milam, county clerk, 9,017 votes; Thomas R. Dirnberger, recorder of deeds, 8,852 votes; Paul R. Boyd, prosecuting attorney, 8,700 votes; Mark Hensley, collector, 9,051 votes; and Glenda K. Enderle, county treasurer, 8,388 votes.
Republican Jo Ann Emerson was easily selected as Eighth District representative for another term. In Scott County, she received 8,304 votes over Democrat Gene Curtis, 3,603 votes, and Libertarian Eric Van Oostrom, 116 votes.
In the 161st District, incumbent State Representative Republican Lanie Black, 1,344 votes, beat Democrat Wayne Petitt, 1,275 votes.
Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, state auditor, squeezed by Republican challenger Al Hanson with 6,045 votes to 5,191 votes. Libertarian Arnold J. Trembley received 239 votes, while Green Party candidate Fred Kennell received 93 votes and write-in candidate Theo (Ted) Brown Sr. received no votes.
Missouri Supreme Court Judge, Laura D. Stith, received 6,971 over 2,925 votes from Scott County Missourians in favor of retaining her position. Nancy S. Rahmeyer received 6,817 over 2,869 votes in favor of keeping her position as Southern District Missouri Court of Appeals Judge.
Constitutional Amendment No. 1, a proposed measure that would allow St. Louis citizens the right to decide which of their county offices were appointed or elected was received by voters, 6,451 over 3,978.
Voters rejected Constitutional Amendment No. 2, which would allow specified firefighters and ambulance personnel and dispatchers for fire and ambulance districts to collectively bargain with their employers, 6,091 votes to 4,511 votes.
Constitutional Amendment No. 3, a proposal to limit the state's term laws was rejected with 5,242 votes opposing the proposal and 4,950 in favor of it in the county. The change would exclude partial terms if less than one-half of the full-term being counted toward the limit.
Constitutional Amendment No. 4, which would allow cities to join together to build large power plants was accepted, 5,615 votes to 4,626 votes.
The Missouri Constitution provides that every 20 years Missouri voters be asked whether a convention be held to revise and amend the state's constitution. Scott County voters rejected the question, 7,213 votes to 3,365 votes.