COLUMBIA — Boone County voters bucked the tide in Missouri on Tuesday by backing both Barack Obama and the tobacco tax.
For most of the night, the county was the lone blue spot in a red state after giving the president 50 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Mitt Romney.
In the race for president, Boone County was one of just three in Missouri in Obama's corner, St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis joining it.
Boone County voted Democratic in every race but two state legislative contests, supporting Republicans Caleb Rowden, now the District 44 state representative, and Kurt Schaefer, re-elected as state senator from District 19.
The presidential race was a high priority for many Boone County voters, followed closely by Proposition B, according to previous Missourian reporting. That proposition would have increased state tobacco taxes to fund schools and smoking cessation measures.
Except for Proposition B, the county went along with the rest of the state on the other ballot issues.
Here is a breakdown of how Boone County voted in the key races:
- Proposition B, the proposed tobacco tax: Boone County voters approved Proposition B by a margin of 20 percent, while Missouri voters opposed the measure by a slim 1.6 percent margin.
- Proposition E, a prohibition on state-based health care exchanges: 58 percent of Boone County voters said yes to the prohibition, as did the rest of the state by a final vote tally of 62 percent.
- Constitutional Amendment 3, to give the governor more influence in the appointment of state judges: Boone County voters overwhelmingly said no to the amendment with a vote of 82 percent. Elsewhere in Missouri, voters agreed, with 76 percent voting it down.
- U.S. president: County voters chose Barack Obama for president with 50 percent of the vote. Missouri chose Mitt Romney with 54 percent of the total.
U.S. Senate: In Boone County, Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill soundly defeated Republican Todd Akin by a margin of almost 26percent. Statewide, the margin of victory was smaller — 16 percent.
4th Congressional District: Boone County voters chose Democrat Teresa Hensley over Republican incumbent Vicky Hartzler by a margin of 2 percent. The rest of the congressional district re-elected Hartzler by a margin of 24 percent.
- Governor: Boone County cast 58 percent of votes in favor of Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon, who handily beat Republican Dave Spence statewide, with more than 55 percent of the voters backing Nixon.
Lieutenant Governor: In Boone County, Democrat Susan Montee edged out Republican incumbent Peter Kinder by 5 percent. However, Missouri voters also gave the nod to Kinder by a margin of 4 percent.
Secretary of State: Democrat Jason Kander won in Boone County with 53 percent of the vote, edging out Republican Shane Schoeller. The Associated Press still had not called the race for the state. Kander also won statewide in a close race that was decided by the final precinct returns. He received 49 percent of the vote.
State Treasurer: Boone County voters gave Democrat Clint Zweifel a 17 percent victory over Republican Cole McNary. Missouri voters also chose Zweifel in a close race that separated the two by less than 4 percent as of deadline.
Attorney General: In Boone County, Democratic incumbent Chris Koster won nearly 60 percent of the vote over Republican Ed Martin. Statewide, Koster was re-elected with a margin of 15 percent.