Laura Nauser emerged the victor by 55 votes in a three-way race for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. She will return to the seat she held for six years from 2005 to 2011.
Republicans outraised Democrats with $222,598 compared with $172,960.
Fewer people participated in Tuesday's election both nationwide and in Boone County, which indicates that campaigns have failed to mobilize the electorate.
The county often strayed from larger trends in races across Missouri, showing a more liberal tendency in a state that generally leaned strongly in the other direction.
The majority of voters in Boone and seven other counties and the city of St. Louis approved the measure, but it failed nonetheless.
Maine and Maryland became the first states ever to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. And in Minnesota, voters rejected a proposal to place a ban on gay-marriage in the state constitution, a step taken in past elections in 30 other states.
Richards and her family learned the news at a watch party at The Blue Note on Tuesday night.
Republicans had renewed control of the House within their grasp early Wednesday as the two parties traded gains from the Eastern seaboard to the Southwest.
An exit poll by The Associated Press found that a majority of Missouri voters said U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments about rape factored into their vote. Women were slightly more likely to admit to their consideration of the comment when making a voting decision.
On the morning after Election Day, we took a look at mid-Missourians' reactions to statewide ballot proposals, and to other national political issues.
Ron Leone, head of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said the tax increase would cost Missouri its competitive advantage in the cigarette market.
If Obama cannot end gridlock, his second term will be reduced to veto threats, empty promises, end runs around Congress and legacy-sealing forays into foreign lands.
Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House.
The outcomes of the marriage votes could influence the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon consider whether to take up cases challenging the law that denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages.
I appreciate the fact that so many students on campus were dedicated to this year’s race for the presidency.
Republican newcomer Caleb Rowden defeats veteran politician Ken Jacob in the area's closest House race.
The race between Kurt Schaefer and Mary Still, who have known each other since working for then-Attorney General Jay Nixon, only became more heated as the campaign wore on.
People from both sides of the aisle took to establishments around Columbia to watch the election results come in with supporters of the party of their choice.
Mitt Romney telephoned the president, then spoke to disappointed supporters in Boston.
Here are the results from Boone County in all races with all precincts reporting.