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Republicans flock to the polls

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 6:13 PM

Wow, a lot of voters picked up Republican ballots in huge numbers in Missouri on Tuesday.

Here's a couple of examples:

Voting for U.S. Senator, 289,150 Democrats, 603,120 Republicans.

Voting for Missouri Governor: 313,814 Democrats, 556,930 Republicans. In the 2008 primary, 358,016 Democrats voted and 395,855 Republicans voted.

In these races, maybe the Democrats didn't feel the need to show up with an incumbent in office; but the governor's race had three Democrats in its lineup, so there was a choice to be made.

OK. So what about the race for Lieutenant Governor? That one was hotly contested in the GOP field; 291,972 Democrats voted, while 576,832 Republicans split most of their votes between Brad Lager and Peter Kinder. In the 2008 primary for the this race, Republican votes totaled 362,928; 322,028 Democrats cast ballots.

Overall, this year, more Republicans went to the polls for the primary. And they were often choosing the most conservative candidates. Todd Akin, for example. Ed Emery, in the 31st Senate District, representing Vernon County.

Conservative voters are making it clear at the polls already that they're fed up with what they see as diminishing rights and liberties. I'll bet we see that reflected again in November.

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