ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It was a state neither of the two leading presidential candidates spent much time within and tonight Missouri has gone to Republican Mitt Romney.
Neither Democratic President Barack Obama nor Romney held a public campaign event in Missouri since winning their party’s nomination. And neither had run TV ads specifically targeting Missouri.
That’s a sharp contrast with the 2008 elections and the intense presidential campaigns that Missourians have come to expect over the past several decades.
Obama put a big effort into Missouri four years ago but still narrowly lost the state. This year, Obama decided to focus elsewhere. Consequently, Romney also had turned his campaign efforts to other states.
A July poll showed Romney with a clear lead over President Obama in Missouri. The poll, conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV, showed Romney with 51 percent support, compared to 42 percent for Obama.
In August, several local Republicans applauded the Romney-Ryan ticket and pushed St. Louisans to do the same.
Ann Wagner said the addition of Ryan was a shot in the arm for the Romney campaign.
“We’ve got to have a discussion about where we go in terms of reigning in spending, reducing our debt and limiting government,” Wagner said. “These are the kind of ideas that Paul Ryan and Governor Romney have been speaking about.”
Former Senator Jim Talent said the president’s had four years to fix the economy and his policies haven’t worked.
“Americans are hurting as a result,” Talent insisted. “We’ve had unemployment above eight-percent for longer than any time since the Great Depression and median family income is down in the country by over four-thousand dollars.”