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 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?
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