Missouri’s presidential vote used to be a solid predictor of the nation’s sentiments, but not lately.
From 1904 through 2004, Missouri voters sided with the winning candidate all but once. That run ended in 2008 when Missouri backed Republican John McCain over winner Barack Obama. In fact, Republicans have carried the last four elections in Missouri.
Today, Hillary Clinton hopes to become the first Democrat since her husband, Bill Clinton, to carry Missouri, but polls have shown Republican Donald Trump leading in the state.
Other statewide races are also in contention, including a campaign for governor that has been the most expensive in the nation.
Republican political newcomer Eric Greitens has focused his campaign largely on his military record and a pledge to fight corruption in the state’s Capitol. Chris Koster, a two-term attorney general, has earned endorsements from the Missouri Farm Bureau and National Rifle Association, groups that typically support Republicans.
In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is facing a spirited challenge from Democrat Jason Kander in a tight race being closely watched nationally, with control of the Senate potentially at stake.