Skip to comments.Hulshof defeats Steelman in GOP gubernatorial primary
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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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.
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.
Too bad the primary in Kansas next door didn’t go so well.
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?
This was the state primary. The Presidential primary was months ago.
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!
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.
Hulshof is from the Northeast. Jo Ann Emerson is from the Southeast/Bootheel.
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I was sure hoping Steelman would take it but I guess I gotta get behind Hulshof now.
Maybe he just wanted to leave politics behind and lead a normal life.
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.
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.
Yes, he saw the numbers that he was going to have a tough race and headed for the door. Poor show.
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...
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.
The 8th now includes Rolla and a good swath of the state, so that's how the SE all gets lumped in together.
Sounds like she’s trying to redo Truman. I think she uses his desk in the Senate.
Was it related to immigration and/or the border wall?
I would think that would be the Missouri Republican party's responsibility.
You nailed it.
Ryun’s opponent was to the left of him.
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. :-(
Hulshof was polling better against Nixon than Steelman when I saw the data last month (odd, since Steelman was better known statewide).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born in Sikeston, graduated from high school in nearby Benton. He spent part of the ‘80s in Cape Girardeau as an assistant prosecuting attorney.
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?
Guess he moved to Columbia in 1986 when elected as Atty Gen. Seemed like a long time anyway.....
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.
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).
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).
I second it. Not happy with her losing to Kenny but I’ll obviously vote for him. Very mad at MO Republicans.
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
(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
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).
I hope we see her again soon...whooping the snot out of McCaskill.
Aren’t all Conservative women hotties?....lol
Why, yes !
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