THE TRAIL: Images from campaign season in mid-Missouri

Friday, September 28, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:16 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The 50th District for the Missouri House of Representatives stretches from south of Columbia to Hartsburg, east to California and north toward Prairie Home, covering mostly rural areas. McBaine sits in one of the northern parts of the district. On a Sunday evening outside Lucy's Bar & Grille, the sunset reflected on a pickup truck parked outside. Republican Caleb Jones is running unopposed on the ballot for November.

This election season, the Missourian has sent photojournalists to capture images of the campaigns and gain insight on election issues in ways that might seem unexpected. The Trail is an occasional photo series that will show you the scenes from campaign events in mid-Missouri.

Tobacco leaves are hung up side down on the racks to be dried during the Weston Heritage Festival on Sunday at New Deal Tobacco Warehouse in Weston. Weston is located in Platte County, which used to be one of the biggest tobacco-producing areas in the state. Tobacco was an important cash crop for the state of Missouri in the 1800s. Records show that Missouri had almost 600 cigar factories in 1885; however, the industry started to die down in the early 20th century. Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents per pack. If passed, Proposition B on the general election ballot will increase the tax to 90 cents. (Yi-Chin Lee/Missourian)

A timekeeper and panelists sit in the front row during Missouri's first U.S. Senate debate of the general election season. At this debate, hosted by the Missouri Press Association on Sept. 21, candidates Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Jonathan Dine, a Libertarian, agreed on the point of opposing a ban on large sugary drinks, which had been in the news earlier in the month. (Connie McCollom/Missourian)

Stump speeches are a tradition at the Cow Patty Bingo event outside the Midway Little General Store. John Wright, Democratic candidate for the 47th District Missouri House of Representatives seat, pulled up a stump to address the crowd Sept. 18. Proceeds from the event went to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. (Bridget Murphy/Missourian)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, begins to exit Bleu Restaurant with Republican attorney general candidate Ed Martin, center, and Martin's campaign aide Jamey Murphy on Monday. Perry and Martin hosted a closed round-table discussion about business in Missouri and were coming outside to meet with supporters on the patio of the downtown restaurant. The two gave short speeches, imploring attendees to vote Republican and support Martin in his bid for attorney general. Perry joined Martin in Missouri to bolster the Ed Martin campaign as a fellow Republican. (Stuart Palley/Missourian)

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.

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