Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Montee nears win for state auditor; Senate race too close to call
It appears that the state auditor's office will remain in the hands of the Democratic party. With 3,065 out of 3,746 precincts in, Buchanan County Auditor Susan Montee has increased her lead. She now has 52.4 percent of the vote, 863,833, to 43.7 percent, 719,355, for Platte County Auditor Sandra Thomas.
The win comes in spite of nearly $90,000 poured into the Thomas campaign through means of a legal, but ethically challenged laundering operation and donations that came from a number of license fee agents and the head of the Missouri Gaming Commission, all of which would have been under her jurisdiction had she been elected state auditor.
In the U. S. Senate race, as reported earlier, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, the Democratic candidate, has overtaken incumbent Jim Talent for the lead, but only by a razor-thin margin. Ms. McCaskill has 48.7 percent of the vote, 827,177, to 48.0 percent, 815,369, for Talent, a spread of less than 12,000 votes.