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Columbia Missourian

Boone County, unlike Missouri, echoes national trends in presidential race

By Trevor McDonald
November 7, 2012 | 1:05 a.m. CST

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: