Missouri Lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2008

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Missouri Lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2008
Missouri
2004 ←
November 4, 2008 → 2012

  Missouri Lt Governor Peter Kinder at St Louis Science Center, Aug 28, 2007.jpg
Nominee Peter Kinder (Inc.) Sam Page
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,403,706 1,331,177
Percentage 49.9% 47.3%

Lieutenant Governor before election

Peter Kinder
Republican

Elected Lieutenant Governor

Peter Kinder
Republican

The Missouri Lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2008 was an election for the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, held on November 4, 2008. Republican Peter Kinder won the election narrowly, despite the fact that Democrat Attorney General Jay Nixon won the Missouri gubernatorial election, 2008 with over 57% of the vote.

Background[edit]

On January 22, 2008, Governor Blunt unexpectedly announced that he would not seek re-election [2] because he had already "achieved virtually everything I set out to accomplish, and more ... Because I feel we have changed what I wanted to change in the first term, there is not the same sense of mission for a second."

A November 2007 poll conducted by SurveyUSA showed Blunt with a 44% approval rating.[1] His approval among Republicans polled was 68%, but his rating among Democrats was only 23%.[1]

On November 10, 2005, Democrat Jay Nixon filed the necessary paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch a 2008 campaign for governor.[2]

The gubernatorial and other statewide office primaries were held August 5, 2008.[3] CQ Politics rated the race as 'Leans Democratic'.[4]

Timeline[edit]

  • March 25, 2008 - Filing deadline for Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians[5]
  • August 5, 2008 - Primary (gubernatorial and other statewide office) elections[5]
  • August 19, 2008 - Filing deadline for other third parties and Independents[5]
  • November 4, 2008 - General election.

Republican primary[edit]

2008 Missouri Lt. Governor Republican primary election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 283,955 78.3
Republican Paul Douglas Sims 50,833 14.0
Republican Arthur Hodge Sr. 27,982 7.7
Turnout 362,770

Democratic primary[edit]

2008 Missouri Lt. Governor Democratic primary election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sam Page 129,423 40.2
Democratic Michael E. Carter 52,574 16.3
Democratic Mary Williams 43,930 13.7
Democratic Becky L. Plattner 41,141 12.8
Democratic Richard Charles Tolbert 33,589 10.4
Democratic C. Lillian Metzger 20,964 6.5
Turnout 321,621

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Source Date Republican Democratic
Public Policy Polling November 2, 2008 Peter Kinder - 50.1% Sam Page - 41.3%
Global Strategies Group September 22, 2008 Peter Kinder - 37% Sam Page - 38%
Public Policy Polling August 17, 2008 Peter Kinder - 48% Sam Page - 37%

Results[edit]

2008 Missouri Lt. Governor general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 1,403,706 49.9 +1.0
Democratic Sam Page 1,331,177 47.3 -1.1
Libertarian Teddy Fleck 49,862 1.8 -0.2
Constitution James Rensing 29,153 1.0 +0.4
Majority 72,529
Turnout 2,813,898
Republican hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1] Survey USA
  2. ^ Article by Columbia Daily Tribune: Document points to Nixon run
  3. ^ August 5, 2008 State Primary Election Information Missouri Secretary of State
  4. ^ Dems Gain in Five of Six New CQ Politics Rating Changes CQ Politics, October 8, 2008
  5. ^ a b c 2008 Missouri Election Calendar from the Missouri Secretary of State

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