|MISSOURI||11 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Missouri Secretary of State)
Total Population, April 1, 2000 5,595,211
Voting Age Population, Nov. 2000 4,105,000
Total Registration, Nov. 2000 3,860,672
Note: Missouri does not register by party.
Missouri has: 114 counties (116 local election jurisdictions counting Kansas City and St. Louis).
Largest counties: St. Louis, Jackson, St. Louis city, St. Charles, Greene.
Largest cities: Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence.
Secretary of State
Useful historical perspective
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Missouri has voted for the winner in every presidential election of the 20th century, except in 1956 when voters backed Adlai Stevenson, thereby earning the sobriquet of "bellwhether state." In 2000 the "Show Me" state was a hotly contested battleground. Its 11 electoral votes went narrowly to Bush, as he gained a plurality of 78,786 votes (3.34 percentage points). Gore carried 12 counties: 3 in the St. Louis area, 4 in the Kansas City area, 3 in the southeast tip, and a couple of others by thin margins. Missouri also saw tight races for governor and U.S. Senate. After the loss of Gov. Carnahan on Oct. 16, "Don't let the fire go out," became a rallying cry for Democrats. Controversy arose on Election Day in the city of St. Louis, when a judge ordered polls be kept open past closing time.
General Election Activity
(State Primary held August 8, 2000)
|Libertarian||Harry Browne 770 (53.21%)
David Hollist 146 (10.09%) Larry Hines 166 (11.47%)
Uncommitted 365 (25.22%)
|Constitution||Howard Phillips 396 (77.50%) Uncommitted 115 (22.50%)|
|Reform||Charles Collins 295 (10.02%) John Hagelin 220 (7.47%) Pat Buchanan 2,213 (75.17%) Uncommitted 216 (7.34%)|
Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.