2016 Missouri Attorney General election

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Missouri Attorney General election, 2016

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  Josh Hawley, official portrait, 116th congress.jpg Teresa Hensley (cropped).jpg
Nominee Josh Hawley Teresa Hensley
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,607,550 1,140,252
Percentage 58.5% 41.5%

Missouri Attorney General Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County Results

Hawley:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%

Hensley:      50–60%      70–80%

Attorney General before election

Chris Koster
Democratic

Elected Attorney General

Josh Hawley
Republican

The 2016 Missouri Attorney General election was held on November 8, 2016, to elect the Attorney General of Missouri, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as elections to the United States Senate and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Republican Josh Hawley defeated the Democratic nominee Teresa Hensley.

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster did not run for re-election to a third term in office, but was instead the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor.[1][2][3]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Teresa Hensley
Jake Zimmerman

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Teresa
Hensley
Jake
Zimmerman
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 20–24, 2016 500 ± 4.4% 41% 39% 20%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout July 15–16, 2016 1,119 ± 3.0% 26% 41% 33%
Remington Research Group (R) September 18–19, 2015 1,589 ± 2.4% 27% 23% 51%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Teresa Hensley 167,626 52.7
Democratic Jake Zimmerman 150,322 47.3
Total votes 317,948 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Allegations of abuse of office by Missouri attorney general candidate Kurt Schaefer have surfaced: Schaefer allegedly pressured the former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe to interfere with Josh Hawley's ability to run for attorney general. Hawley was a professor at the University of Missouri. Wolfe wrote in a January 19 email: "Schaefer had several meetings with me pressuring me to take away Josh Hawley's right to run for Attorney General by taking away an employee's right to ask for an unpaid leave of absence when running for public office." The email went on to say he was worried that Schaefer might influence cuts in the university's budget due to political fall out if he did not do as Schaefer asked.[31]

Endorsements[edit]

Josh Hawley
Kurt Schaefer
  • Missouri State Troopers Association[38]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Josh
Hawley
Kurt
Schaefer
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 20–24, 2016 773 ± 3.6% 34% 39% 28%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout July 7–8, 2016 1,022 ± 3.0% 30% 28% 42%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout June 17–18, 2016 963 ± 3.2% 21% 28% 51%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout May 13–14, 2016 1,421 ± 2.7% 18% 23% 58%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout March 10–12, 2016 1,704 ± 2.5% 12% 24% 64%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout October 23–24, 2015 1,033 ± 3.0% 12% 19% 69%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout June 18–19, 2015 1,130 ± 3.0% 9% 16% 75%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout April 3–4, 2015 621 ± 3.9% 10% 15% 75%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Josh Hawley 415,702 64.2
Republican Kurt Schaefer 231,657 35.8
Total votes 647,359 100.0

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Teresa
Hensley (D)
Josh
Hawley (R)
Undecided
The Missouri Times/Remington Research Group (R) September 19–20, 2016 1,076 ± 3.2% 38% 47% 15%
Remington Research Group (R) September 1–2, 2016 1,275 ± 3.0% 41% 47% 12%
Remington Research Group (R) August 5–6, 2016 1,280 ± 3% 44% 48% 8%
Remington Research Group (R)/Missouri Scout April 15–16, 2016 1,281 ± 3.0% 38% 38% 24%

Results[edit]

Missouri Attorney General election, 2016[39]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Josh Hawley 1,607,550 58.50% +17.71%
Democratic Teresa Hensley 1,140,252 41.50% -14.31%
Total votes 2,747,802 100.0% N/A
Republican gain from Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Chris Koster for Missouri governor? - St. Louis Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. April 10, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Jo Mannies (February 16, 2014). "Early Missouri governor's race new political normal". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Cummings, Ian (July 30, 2015). "Teresa Hensley enters the Missouri attorney general race as Sen. Scott Sifton drops out". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
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  31. ^ "AG candidate Schaefer may have broken laws, former prosecutor says". American Media Institute Newswire. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  32. ^ Jason Hancock (July 13, 2016). "Kit Bond endorses Josh Hawley in Missouri Republican attorney general primary". The Kansas City Star.
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  39. ^ https://enrarchives.sos.mo.gov/enrnet/default.aspx?eid=750003949

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites