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Hulshof defeats Steelman in GOP gubernatorial primary
The Missourian ^ | 8-6-08 | staff and wire services

Posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:51 AM PDT by Impy

KANSAS CITY - Congressman Kenny Hulshof defeated state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Hulshof will take on Attorney General Jay Nixon in November's general election.

Hulshof received 49.2 percent of the vote to Steelman's 44.7 percent - a margin of more than 17,000 votes.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: election; electiongovernor; gopprimary; hulshof; lesmissourables; mo; neversawsuchmissouri; steelman
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Jay Nixon=longtime scumbag. Trying for higher office for years.
1 posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:51 AM PDT by Impy
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

I think Steelman is better (and not guilty to boot). Washington porkers backed the congressman.

A pity there is now an open house seat and treasurer’s office.

Also that Matt Blunt quit.

Jay Nixon no doubt wishes to be a national figure.


2 posted on 08/06/2008 12:57:45 AM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; darkangel82

I think Blunt’s swift exit was pretty gutless on his part. Nixon isn’t invincible. He did lose running for the Senate. Hulshof is at a disadvantage, but he can still pull off an upset with some tough campaigning (he did manage to dispose of the well-entrenched Harold Volkmer in a poor GOP year). It also looks like we got the best candidate for his House seat, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and the Dem primary was pretty brutal.

We probably will hold Steelman’s office, and more than likely will also take Nixon’s open AG office (which we haven’t won in 20 years). The Republican had no primary opponent and the Dems had another vicious primary, with a backstabbing weasel former RINO (Chris Koster) declaring victory before it was certified. Koster’s ex-wife spent nearly a quarter million airing ads against him, so this guy is MAJOR damaged goods if his primary win holds.

Although it’s a long way off, Steelman might be better utilized in 2012 to run against the dreadful Claire McCaskill.


3 posted on 08/06/2008 1:28:23 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Too bad the primary in Kansas next door didn’t go so well.


4 posted on 08/06/2008 1:30:32 AM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’ve been trying to decide if this was the primary, how did they come up with a presidential candidate? What was that election called?


5 posted on 08/06/2008 5:38:48 AM PDT by GrannyK
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To: GrannyK

This was the state primary. The Presidential primary was months ago.


6 posted on 08/06/2008 5:46:50 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Impy

I don’t think that anyone I voted for won yesterday — haven’t checked the local stuff, but unless they were upopposed on the R ticket I didn’t pick a winner! ARGH!


7 posted on 08/06/2008 6:12:15 AM PDT by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/peoples-information-support-team/ -JOIN US!-We're PIST!)
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To: Impy

I’m surprised that it was a close race. Hulsof’s 49% to Steelman’s 45%. He got most of the votes in the north east part of the state, which to me is weird, because he’s from the bootheel,IIRC. Guess he hit that area harder campaigning. Steelman did her best in the central and southern part, unfortunately those are the areas with less voters.
Hulsof talked a good talk, but he’s sullied by the stank of D.C. in my opinion.


8 posted on 08/06/2008 6:23:44 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (I was gruntled before I was disgruntled.)
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To: ozark hilljilly

Hulshof is from the Northeast. Jo Ann Emerson is from the Southeast/Bootheel.


9 posted on 08/06/2008 6:30:57 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Impy; 1stMarylandRegiment; 47carollann; A Citizen Reporter; A Cyrenian; adrian; AFLoggie; ...
Missouri ping

Low volume ping list

FReepmail me to be on, or off, this list.

I was sure hoping Steelman would take it but I guess I gotta get behind Hulshof now.

10 posted on 08/06/2008 6:32:38 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Did Blunt wuss out due to fear of losing?

Maybe he just wanted to leave politics behind and lead a normal life.

11 posted on 08/06/2008 6:35:29 AM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: Impy
I was disappointed at Steelman’s loss. Maybe she would make a better candidate against McCaskill (who can't leave the scene too soon.)
12 posted on 08/06/2008 6:40:37 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Blunt did a remarkable job of cleaning up one term bob’s mess. He said it himself, what more is there to do? The train is back on track, the mess is cleaned up.


13 posted on 08/06/2008 6:42:15 AM PDT by listenhillary (Obama - The Wizard of Uhs)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

McCaskill has surprised me. Being an auditor, she hasn’t been shy about attacking waste. Of course she’s not hitting Democratic sacred cows, instead she is poking the DOD.


14 posted on 08/06/2008 6:46:11 AM PDT by listenhillary (Obama - The Wizard of Uhs)
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To: Impy

Yes, he saw the numbers that he was going to have a tough race and headed for the door. Poor show.


15 posted on 08/06/2008 6:55:07 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Thanks for clearing that up. (But Steelman’s hometurf is Rolla- south central Mo. Don’t you lump us all in with those bootheelers! lol.)
Where did I get the notion that he was from the bootheel section??!! Must have misread his website stuff...


16 posted on 08/06/2008 6:55:09 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (I was gruntled before I was disgruntled.)
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To: listenhillary

What more is there to do ? Stopping Grandstanding Jay Nixon from getting an office he is not entitled to by virtue of his own ego and allowing whatever good he did in cleaning up One-Term Bob’s mess not be for nothing. And also, most importantly, his being Governor during redistricting in 2011 is of paramount importance. We need to ensure the GOP continues to have a majority at the state legislative and federal level. Nixon will do his damndest to undo our hard-fought gains. So there is indeed plenty left to do.


17 posted on 08/06/2008 6:58:37 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: ozark hilljilly
Well, his 9th district is "Little Dixie" (or Mark Twain country). That sometimes can be a bit confusing to outsiders, because the presumption is that it would be down in the SE part of the state, not up in the NE.

The 8th now includes Rolla and a good swath of the state, so that's how the SE all gets lumped in together.


18 posted on 08/06/2008 7:03:54 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: listenhillary

Sounds like she’s trying to redo Truman. I think she uses his desk in the Senate.


19 posted on 08/06/2008 7:05:02 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Impy
Does anyone know why Jim Ryun lost?

Was it related to immigration and/or the border wall?

20 posted on 08/06/2008 7:11:45 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const Tag &referenceToConstTag)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
What more is there to do ? Stopping Grandstanding Jay Nixon from getting an office he is not entitled to by virtue of his own ego and allowing whatever good he did in cleaning up One-Term Bob’s mess not be for nothing.

I would think that would be the Missouri Republican party's responsibility.

21 posted on 08/06/2008 7:12:50 AM PDT by listenhillary (Obama - The Wizard of Uhs)
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To: Just another Joe
I believe Steelman would have been a stronger candidate against Nixon. I'll vote for Hulshof (with zero enthusiasm) but I believe his chances are slim. Nixon has spent his entire term as AG running for Governor.
22 posted on 08/06/2008 7:16:11 AM PDT by Artemis Webb ( OBAMA/HUCKABEE '08)
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To: Artemis Webb

You nailed it.


23 posted on 08/06/2008 7:22:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Ryun’s opponent was to the left of him.


24 posted on 08/06/2008 7:24:21 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: listenhillary

Nope, that’s the Governor’s responsibility. The Governor is the leader of the party. I’d have a lot more respect for Blunt if he stood up to Nixon and went out fighting. Cutting and running is a poor show. Of course, judging from his father’s performance in DC as the worst party Whip in years (and virtually non-existent in the leadership department), I can see where he gets it from. :-(


25 posted on 08/06/2008 7:28:27 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Artemis Webb

Hulshof was polling better against Nixon than Steelman when I saw the data last month (odd, since Steelman was better known statewide).


26 posted on 08/06/2008 7:31:04 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Just another Joe

For what it’s worth, I noticed that the total votes for Republican candidates for governor totalled 395,401 while the Democrat total was 357,320. Getting 50 percent or more of the independent vote in November may be important.


27 posted on 08/06/2008 7:39:21 AM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: fieldmarshaldj

We bitch and moan about lifetime politicians and the fact that once they get entrenched in their blood sucking ways, the only way we can be rid of them is for them to die off.

No matter what others think Matt has my total appreciation for his term and what he accomplished. He took a lot of crud from the people whining about trimming our bloated budget. I’m still seeing the “Blunt Trauma” bumper stickers around on the Subaru’s and Volkswagon cars.

I smile each time.


28 posted on 08/06/2008 7:40:25 AM PDT by listenhillary (Obama - The Wizard of Uhs)
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To: Ben Hecks
Getting 50 percent or more of the independent vote in November may be important.

If that is the case the candidate should have been Steelman.
She had a much larger following among independents. At least as far as I could ascertain.

29 posted on 08/06/2008 7:41:11 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: listenhillary

Lifetime politicians are one thing (like Nixon, who has served a record-breaking 16 straight years as Attorney-General), but most Governors are entitled to two terms. If Hulshof wins, that will be good, but Blunt needlessly put this office in jeopardy at a critical time when we need a Republican to preside over redistricting. I have no doubt that if the polls had shown Blunt with a 15%-20% lead over Nixon, he’d have not blinked about running for a second term, but because they showed him slightly behind, he decided to turn tail and run. Bad show on his part.


30 posted on 08/06/2008 7:47:01 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
His reasons for leaving don't matter, although you're right, it is bad form.

In any case, the state is trending Democrat - McCaskill's win over Talent opened my eyes to just how influential the Dem strongholds in STL and KC can be. The rampant corruption and fraud doesn't exactly hurt their cause, either. I fully expect Nixon to win handily against Hulshof and for the state to break for Obamessiah in Nov.

Looks like my tax bill is going through the roof for at least the next four years...[sigh]

31 posted on 08/06/2008 7:59:57 AM PDT by liberty_lvr
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To: liberty_lvr

Missouri was Democrat, I say it is a Republican lean now. The legislature is now the most GOP it has ever been, probably in 135+ years, and the federal level the most Republican since the early 1940s.

Talent’s loss in a bad GOP year is not a solid indicator of a trend. He never had a strong hold on his seat, and McCaskill had won statewide by wider margins than he (and remember he lost for Governor in 2000 as well).

Nixon is the strongest Dem in the state, and his election, too, wouldn’t indicate a trend, either. If, however, you start seeing Congressional race losses (we’re as strong there as we were pre-’06) and erosions of the GOP majority, that would be strong indications of a Dem trend.

Lastly, I don’t expect Obama to carry the state. He’ll carry STL & KC, but the rest of the state will go for McCain enough to overcome any monkey business.


32 posted on 08/06/2008 8:07:27 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: liberty_lvr
I would've liked Steelman’s chances better than Hulshof’s vs. Nixon but I'm not ready to write off the Show Me to the Donk party just yet. Hulshof needs to go for the jugular and there are plenty of issues where Nixon has been found less than honest.
33 posted on 08/06/2008 8:07:52 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I hope you're right. I live in Akin's 2nd CD which is pretty solidly GOP - the only alternative views I get are the ridiculous liberal media in STL which ignores the fact St. Charles county even exists, except to point out we're a hotbed of racial hatred from time to time.

I've enjoyed your analysis of MO politics on this thread and look forward to hearing more during the upcoming campaign season. Keep me in mind if you happen to "ping" other Missourians to key developments in the future. Thanks!

34 posted on 08/06/2008 8:18:03 AM PDT by liberty_lvr
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I don't know enough about either to confidently state which one is more electable vs. Nixon - but I hope you're right and he can be defeated.

I'm not at all ready to surrender to the Donks either. I grew up in the Midwest, moved away for a number of years and then moved back about 15 yrs ago. I love it here and can't think of a better place to live and raise a family.

35 posted on 08/06/2008 8:25:35 AM PDT by liberty_lvr
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To: ozark hilljilly

Hulsoff was originally from the Bootheel; that’s where his family farm is located. But he’s spent his adult life in Columbia. Hence his Congressional district is in NE MO.


36 posted on 08/06/2008 8:30:28 AM PDT by Help!
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To: liberty_lvr

Sometimes I’m rather glad my cousin (who was considered STL’s best Mayor ever) is no longer around to see what the rodents have done to his beloved city.


37 posted on 08/06/2008 8:33:20 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: liberty_lvr

Steelman talked a more appealing conservative line than Hulshof did. If I read it correctly, 59 percent of the vote went against Hulshof which is worrisome.


38 posted on 08/06/2008 8:34:08 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Help!

Born in Sikeston, graduated from high school in nearby Benton. He spent part of the ‘80s in Cape Girardeau as an assistant prosecuting attorney.

http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000948


39 posted on 08/06/2008 8:36:52 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Ryun’s opponent was to the left of him.

So what gives?

BTW, do I have a vague recollection of Ryun living in a "frat house" atmosphere in Washington DC, as a Congressman, and being accused of "un-Christian" behavior?

Or am I confusing him in my memory with someone else?

40 posted on 08/06/2008 8:36:55 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const Tag &referenceToConstTag)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Guess he moved to Columbia in 1986 when elected as Atty Gen. Seemed like a long time anyway.....


41 posted on 08/06/2008 8:46:17 AM PDT by Help!
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

What truly upset me about this race was the way the party “elite” ganged up on Steelman. You would have thought that the MO GOP would have learned lessons from 06 but that might be too much to ask.

Another thing that made me want to bust a vein was the fact that the GOP didn’t put up a single person to run in the 44th district for the State House of Reps. The dem wins by default. The GOP here in Jackson county needs to be pulled off of life support and a new organization needs to grow in its place. They are too used to losing so no candidates or token ones are put on the ballot every so often. It makes me want to puke.


42 posted on 08/06/2008 9:01:19 AM PDT by MissouriConservative (Never pick a fight with an ugly person; they've got nothing to lose.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

I know what you’re talking about, but I believe that was somebody else. One issue the Dems used against him in ‘06 was a deal involving a house he purchased and they also tried linking him to Mark Foley, whom he was neighbors with and held a fundraiser with (before the allegations against Foley came out).


43 posted on 08/06/2008 9:06:05 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: MissouriConservative
We haven't heard the last from Sarah. Plus she's a hottie...
44 posted on 08/06/2008 9:06:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Help!

He was never Attorney General. He served under William Webster, who was. He was in Cape Girardeau from ‘86-’89. He was in Columbia after that point (around 1990, when he ran for Boone County Prosecutor).


45 posted on 08/06/2008 9:09:27 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I second it. Not happy with her losing to Kenny but I’ll obviously vote for him. Very mad at MO Republicans.


46 posted on 08/06/2008 9:15:46 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: fieldmarshaldj; ozark hilljilly


Hulshof is from the Northeast

More fully...Hulshof grew up in the Bootheel (or so he said in the
current TV ads).
Wikipedia says he was born in Sikeston, which is close to the bootheel
(link below)
(but I don’t know if there is some technical borders to the bootheel,
so I’m not sure if Sikeston is technically in or out of “the bootheel”)

Hulshof was the rep for Missouri’s Ninth Congressional district...
which stretches from Jeff City and up to the northeast edge of MO
(link below).

Funny thing is, local radio hosts here in Columbia often say “Hulshof
being from Colubmia, maybe the University of Missouri will be well
treated if he’s elected Gov.” (and Hulshof is a UM-Columbia grad).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Hulshof

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikeston%2C_Missouri

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri%27s_9th_congressional_district


47 posted on 08/06/2008 9:20:56 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I hope we see her again soon...whooping the snot out of McCaskill.

Aren’t all Conservative women hotties?....lol


48 posted on 08/06/2008 9:43:14 AM PDT by MissouriConservative (Never pick a fight with an ugly person; they've got nothing to lose.)
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To: MissouriConservative

Why, yes !


49 posted on 08/06/2008 9:46:26 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
Ping!
50 posted on 08/06/2008 9:59:35 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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