ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Steve Stenger had a landslide victory over incumbent Charlie Dooley in the St. Louis County Executive’s race, winning with 66 percent of the vote.
Stenger bested him by 36 percentage points, and at no point in the evening did Dooley carry a lead.
A somber Dooley gave his concession, then set out to hug everyone in the room.
“The voters of St. Louis County have spoken, I accept it, and we’re gonna move on,” Dooley said. “I don’t want to be an obstacle. I’m still going to come to work every day, do my job. But, I want to be helpful as best I can.”
He said he made a phone call to Stenger, but no one answered the phone.
“I called him, but he was busy, apparently,” he said.
Dooley says he loves all the people he’s met over the last decade, and he’s ready for a break from public life.
When asked if he’ll support Stenger, he said he “supports all Democrats.”
But Stenger might not be able to count on Dooley’s Democratic base, who said they just might end up supporting a Republican.
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