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THE TRAIL: Signs of the times for mid-Missouri voters

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:41 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
John Sullivan, Republican candidate for Boone County public administrator, sets up a video camera next to a Ronald Reagan cutout to film candidate speeches at the Boone County Republicans Fall BBQ on Sept. 28. Ronald Reagan has become a symbol of the Republican Party for his strong conservative policies — going back to the first time he voted Republican, when he was still a registered Democrat, marking his ballot for Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election.

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.

Campaign signs for Todd Akin, Jay Nixon, Dave Spence and Claire McCaskill line Bernadette Drive outside the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The signs were placed there for the gubernatorial and senatorial debate held by the Missouri Press Association. In the month following the August primaries, $1,974 was reported in printing costs just by candidates for the Boone County Northern District commissioner seat. By comparison, $60,235 was spent by the candidates in the race for governor over the same time. (Photo: Connie McCollom/Missourian)

Claire McCaskill supporters stand outside the Holiday Inn Executive Center, waiting for McCaskill to arrive for the senatorial debate Sept. 21. "We are here to support Claire inside and out," said Natalie Hampton, a McCaskill supporter. Members of the small crowd came out early to the morning debate to hold signs and show their backing for McCaskill before she entered the venue, but were not allowed to bring the signs into the debate room. (Photo: Connie McCollom/Missourian)

Ed Martin campaign aide Jamey Murphy walks in front of Bleu Restaurant on East Walnut Street to place yard signs at the front entrance of Bleu's patio Sept. 24. Texas Gov. Rick Perry visited Columbia with Martin, who is running as the Republican nominee for Missouri attorney general. Perry, also a Republican, voiced his support for Martin to potential voters in an open meet-and-greet on Bleu's patio after a closed round-table discussion on business in Missouri. The signs were available for event attendees to take home. (Photo: Stuart Palley/Missourian)

Signs hang in the windows of the Democratic Party election headquarters for Moniteau County on Tuesday in downtown California, Mo. An adjacent law firm is providing the space for the headquarters. (Photo: Stuart Palley/Missourian)

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.


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