KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters have strayed from party lines, sending Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill back to Washington and Gov. Jay Nixon back to Springfield. They also turned their 10 electoral votes over to Republican Mitt Romney's failed bid for the White House.
McCaskill managed to hold off a stiff challenge from Republican Todd Akin on Tuesday, even though she acknowledged being the underdog early in the race. That changed following Akin's much-publicized remarks about "legitimate rape," which many voters said played a factor in their decision.
Romney's victory marked the second straight election that Obama failed to carry the state, though neither presidential candidate did much campaigning in Missouri.
Nixon defeated Republican challenger Dave Spence in a gubernatorial contest focused largely on the economy.