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Primary roundup: McCaskill and Hawley cruise; Stenger survives; KC approves rental fee



In addition to rejecting a “right-to-work” law, Missouri voters also decided on a variety of other issues and candidates Tuesday. Here’s a rundown of results in other races of interest from across the state:

U.S. Senate

The favorites cruised in the Democratic and Republican primaries for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat, setting up the November clash that many have been anticipating since early 2017.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, won more than 82 percent of the vote in her primary. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley captured more than 58 percent of Republican votes, with the next highest challengers, Tony Monetti and Austin Petersen, securing less than 10 percent.

State auditor

In the only other statewide race contested, State Auditor Nicole Galloway learned who her opponent will be in the general election. Galloway, the lone Democrat to hold state-level office, was unopposed in her primary.

She will face Jefferson City attorney Saundra McDowell, who captured 32.6 percent of the GOP primary to edge David Wasinger (26.7 percent), Kevin Roach (24.3 percent) and Paul Curtman (16.4 percent).

St. Louis County executive

Incumbent St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger withstood a heated challenge from retired marketing executive Mark Mantovani in the Democratic primary for the top elected office in the state’s most populous county. Stenger captured 50.3 percent of the vote to Mantovani’s 49.7 percent and will be heavily favored in the general election in St. Louis County, where the Democratic primary drew about five times as many voters as the Republican primary.

Paul Berry III, a business owner and television host, won the GOP race with about 56.5 percent of the vote, to Daniel Sampson’s 43.5 percent.

Kansas City ‘healthy homes’

Voters approved the city’s so-called “healthy homes” ballot measure by a margin of 55.8 percent to 44.2 percent. The measure proposes increasing the city health department’s inspection powers over rental properties in the city — and implementing new fees to enable that.

Columbia water bond

Voters in Columbia overwhelmingly approved a $42.8 million water bond issue to upgrade an aging water treatment plant and rehabilitate other water infrastructure in the city, the Columbia Missourian reports.

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