COLUMBIA — Many of this week's most popular stories focused on the 2012 election. Stories about statewide races did especially well with Missourian readers. Stories about Missouri football, Delta Air Lines and an HIV researcher at MU also made the top 10.
Here are the most popular stories posted on ColumbiaMissourian.com last week, according to Google Analytics.
- The most popular article of the week was from the Missourian's Voters Guide. Readers took an interest in an explanation of Proposition E, which prohibits the governor or any state agency from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges without getting approval from voters or the legislature. Under the Affordable Care Act, if a state doesn't have a health insurance exchange by 2014 the federal government will set up and run the state's exchange. Missouri voters approved Proposition E. (2,522 page views)
- Missouri voters rejected a proposed tax increase on tobacco products. The defeat of Proposition B was consistent with Missouri voters' trend of voting against tobacco tax increases. Missouri's per-pack cigarette tax is 17 cents, the lowest in the nation. (2,084 page views)
- The Missouri Tigers beat the Tennessee Volunteers 51-48 in four overtimes Saturday. Missouri and Tennessee were even through the first three overtimes. Andrew Baggett kicked a 35-yard field goal to win the game. (1,725 page views)
- A Delta Air Lines spokesman said the company's decision to end flights to and from Columbia Regional Airport in February was a matter of fairness. Delta's decision came after the city announced a deal in which American Airlines would offer flights to and from Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth in exchange for a two-year, $3 million revenue guarantee and other incentives. (1,531 page views)
- Missourian readers also took interest in a piece about the views held by senate candidates Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin and Jonathan Dine on political issues such as the economy, health care and education. McCaskill, the incumbent, won the election. (1,030 page views)
- Three candidates ran for the job of Missouri state treasurer. Clint Zweifel, the incumbent and youngest state treasurer in more than a century, faced challenges from two opponents. An article outlining the candidates' positions and experience was popular with Missourian readers. Zweifel was re-elected. (1,010 page views)
- The Missouri Tigers played the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, winning in four overtimes. Before the game, Missourian reporter Mike Vorel wrote that Tennessee would present Missouri with its greatest challenge yet. (980 page views)
- Boone County was one of just four in Missouri where Barack Obama won the majority of votes. The county also bucked statewide trends by backing Proposition B — a proposed increase on the state's tobacco tax — that a majority of Missouri voters rejected. Missourian reporter Trevor McDonald compared election results in Boone County to the rest of the state. (966 page views)
- An HIV researcher at MU discovered a new mutation of the virus that is less resistant to certain types of drugs. The more doctors know about the mutations — what drugs are most effective at treating them and how drug resistant they are — helps them provide optimal treatment. (936 page views)
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided Missourian readers with an opinion piece that argued against Proposition E and Amendment 3. Proposition E passed and prohibits the governor or any state agency from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges without approval from voters or the legislature. Amendment 3, which failed, would have given the governor more power to pick judges. (909 page views)