Election Day Results and Resources
8 A.M. — Results for Missouri’s State Senate and House races are in. In the Missouri State Senate, Republican Lincoln Hough kept his seat representing District 30, and Justin Brown won DIstrict 16, representing Laclede, Wright and Pulaski Counties. See the full picture of who’s representing the Ozarks in the state Senate.
In the Missouri State House, one seat, MO 136 turned blue Tuesday when Democrat Stephanie Hein defeated incumbent Republican Craig Fishel. See all the results from the state House races in the Ozarks.
6 A.M. — The vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana has been called. Missouri has voted “yes” to legalizing marijuana, with a 6.2% lead and 99% of the vote counted.
12:00 A.M. WEDNESDAY — After a four-year battle over zoning and development of the land across from Sequiota Park in Springfield, voters in the city have had their say, voting down the rezoning that would have paved the way for apartments and retail along Lone Pine.
11:05 P.M. — While the race has not been officially called, the issue of whether to allow zoning for development in the Galloway neighborhood across from Sequiota Park would have a long way to go to pass. With 79% of precincts reporting, the votes lean 70% against the development and 30% in favor.
10:50 P.M. — Voters in Ozark voted against a use tax to fund public safety. The 2.375% tax would have gone towards three items deemed necessary by the Ozark Police Department: adding more officers, and police cars, and building a new headquarters.
10:45 P.M. — Voters in Nixa decided not to pass a 1% increase in the city’s sales tax to help fund a new police station and hire more officers.
10:43 P.M. — Missouri recreational marijuana ballot issue (Amendment 3) update. Yes is leading with 52% over no.
10:29 P.M. — Jason Smith will continue to represent Missouri’s 8th District in the U.S. House after winning Tuesday’s general election.
10:20 P.M. — Missouri State Senator Eric Burlison is taking the stage to give his victory speech.
10:16 P.M. — Mark Alford wins U.S. Missouri District 4 House seat over Jack Truman. Republican Mark Alford will represent Missouri’s 4th District in Washington, D.C.
10:10 P.M. — Missouri State Senator Eric Burlison (R) is headed to Washington to fill Missouri’s 7th District seat in the U.S. House.
9:59 P.M. — Eric Schmitt gives a victory speech after winning the seat over Trudy Busch Valentine.
9:58 P.M. — Ozarksfirst.com spoke with District 132 candidates Crystal Quade and Stephanos Freeman.
9:47 P.M. — Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Trudy Busch Valentine concedes to Eric Schmitt. “When I decided to run for the U.S. Senate, my goal was pretty straight forward. I wanted to protect our democracy and help build a brighter, stronger future for hardworking Missourians. I’ve been proud to call this state home my entire life, and I love all of its people.” said Busch Valentine, “Tonight did not go the way so many of us had hoped. While I am incredibly proud of the campaign we built together and the tireless work we did to get our message out across the state, a majority of voters have spoken and I am committed to respecting their will and these results.”
9:42 P.M. — A look so far at Lone Pine/Galloway zoning issue (Springfield Question 1) with reporter Sha’diya Tomlin.
9:38 P.M. — Missouri Governor Mike Parson congratulates Eric Schmitt on his win. Parson appointed Schmitt to attorney general to replace Josh Hawley after he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
“Congratulations to Missouri’s next U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt and State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick on their well-earned election victories,” Parson says, “Guided by common sense, conservative principles, and family values, we know both men will be exceptional leaders that serve our state with the dignity and respect that Missourians deserve and demand.”
9:35 P.M. — Retiring Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt congratulates Eric Schmitt on his U.S. Senate win. “Missourians made the right choice in sending Eric Schmitt to the U.S. Senate. I congratulate the Schmitt family, campaign staff, and supporters on a well-deserved victory.” Blunt says.
9:33 P.M. — US House – Missouri District 132 update: The number has not yet come in. According to the Greene County Clerk, this is due to a high number of write-in votes.
9:30 P.M. — US House – Missouri District 8 update: Mark Alford leads over Jack Truman.
9:27 P.M. — US House – Missouri District 7 update: Eric Burlison leads over Kristen Radaker-Sheafer.
9:15 P.M. — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is the state’s next U.S. Senator, earning a victory over Trudy Busch Valentine in the 2022 general midterm election. The Associated Press called the race just after 9:00 pm.
9:00 P.M. — Ozarksfirst reporter Parker Padgett is about to go live at the Republican watch party in Springfield, MO.
8:50 P.M. — Update from Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller “The longer wait, is due the to write-ins that have to be hand tallied at each polling location. The machine can tally a write-in vote but not the name.”
8:15 P.M. — Early results for Missouri’s Amendment 3 and Senate race coming in.
7:35 P.M. — According to The Associated Press Former White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) is to win the Arkansas governors race.
7:20 P.M. —Attendees start coming in at the Old Glass Place in Springfield for the Democratic watch party.
7:15 P.M. — Attendees start coming in at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield for the Republican watch party.
6:50 P.M. — Ozarkfirst Reporter Sha’Diya Tomlin talked to Greene County’s Clerk about election integrity and how voters can become election challengers and poll watchers. Watch the video below for details.
6:40 P.M. — Polls have closed in some parts of the country, and the nationwide picture of the balance of power in Washington is in its early stages of taking shape. Follow along with the nationwide view as results are counted throughout the evening.
6:15 P.M. — Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller said voter turnout is at 42%.
6:00 P.M. — Parker Padgett and Ashley Eddy are covering another race for the Missouri House, District 133, between Amy Blansit, a Democrat and first-time candidate and Melanie Stinnett, the Republican incumbent. See the candidates’ views on big issues facing Missourians.
5:25 P.M. — Ozarksfirst Reporter Ashley Eddy is in downtown Springfield covering a watch party for Democrats who are running for District 132 and District 135 in Missouri’s state house. See what the 132 candidates had to say about key issues voters want to know about. Find out more about District 135 candidates.
5:20 P.M. — A spokesperson from Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office said preliminary forecasts expect statewide voter turnout to be about 55%. In the last midterm election, turnout was at 56%. The Secretary of State’s office said, “Many local election authorities are reporting strong turnout.”
5:15 P.M. — Capital Bureau Reporter Emily Manley is in St. Louis at Ballpark Village for a watch party for Amendment 3, which would legalize recreational marijuana.
5:00 P.M. — Ozarksfirst Reporter Parker Padgett is at the watch party for Missouri’s GOP, covering the race for Missouri’s U.S. District 7 Representative. See where Republican candidate Eric Burlison and Democrat Kristen Radaker-Sheafer stand on key issues.
4:50 P.M. — Christian County Clerk Kay Brown said in 2020 there was a 75.42% voter turnout and in 2021 it dropped to 19.76%. She says this year’s turnout should be good because there are more registered voters in Christian County.
Brown said she’ll give an update for this year when polls close.
4:30 P.M. — Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller says the county is approximately at 33% of all registered voters so far. Greene County voter turnout for the last midterm election was 71.7%.
OzarksFirst talked to Schoeller about election security last night, you can check out that story HERE.
4:10 P.M. — Ozarksfirst crew is preparing for tonight’s election coverage at the Republican watch party hosted inside the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield.
3:30 P.M. — Our Investigative Reporter and Anchor Lauren Barnas was voter #360 at the voting location at Missouri State University today. Lauren says the lines were short at this location.
2:00 P.M. — Ozarksfirst spoke with Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller Tuesday, and he said more than 9,000 people in Greene County took advantage of no-excuse absentee voting during the two weeks before the election.
“We’re really pleased that people took that opportunity to be able to cast that ballot without a reason,” Schoeller said.
Schoeller said he is still expecting voter turnout to be around the mid-50% range but it could be a bit higher.
Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday but if you are in line then, you will still be able to vote.
10:30 A.M. — This is a look at the line to vote at Battlefield First Baptist Church.
9 A.M. — Eric Burlison, the Republican candidate for U.S. House District 7, said he be casting his vote at the Battlefield First Baptist Church around 10 a.m.
6 A.M. — Polling locations in Greene County are now open. KOLR10 Reporter Joshua Pineda walks you through what you need to bring with you if you’re casting your vote today:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missourians will be choosing who will represent them in Washington and Jefferson City today, as well as deciding whether marijuana should be legal recreationally in the state. Some across the Ozarks will see local issues that include taxes for law enforcement and even a neighborhood zoning issue in Springfield.
This blog will be updated throughout the day and evening as results come in.