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Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Clay beats Carnahan

In a battle of political dynasties, Congressman William Lacy Clay emerged victorious over fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan Tuesday.

Clay won the Democratic primary to represent the party in the new 1st Congressional District. In a campaign that was often bitter, Clay repeatedly accused Carnahan of going negative with a string of attack ads, but says the strategy didn't work.

"You know, every politician has doubts about being victorious, and I had my doubts throughout the race.  But, the people reassured me tonight, the people of this region," said Clay.

When asked whether would seek to run again in the future, Carnahan would only say "stay tuned."

"You know, life is a long path, and I've got a passion for public service and trying to do things to give back to the community," said Carnahan. "I'm going to continue to look for ways to do that. And we'll see what form that takes."

Carnahan's grandfather A.S.J. Carnahan, was elected to Congress in 1944. His father was Governor Mel Carnahan, who died in a plane crash in 2000. His sister, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, has decided not to run for a third term.

Akin to face McCaskill in Nov.

Congressman Todd Akin won a three-way race Tuesday for the Republican nomination for U.S Senate. He topped businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman for the right to challenge incumbent Democratic U-S Senator Claire McCaskill.

Steelman says she'll do all she can to help Akin win in November.

"He's a very fine man, he's a good conservative, and I know that he will fight hard for the people of this state, and I have complete faith in him," said Steelman.

McCaskill was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Ed Martin wins Republican nomination for Missouri Attorney General

Ed Martin has won the Republican primary for Missouri attorney general, setting up a November race with Democratic incumbent Chris Koster.

Martin, who was chief of staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt, defeated Livingston County prosecutor Adam Warren in Tuesday's GOP primary. Even before the primary, Martin tried to link Koster to President Barack Obama.

Koster was unopposed in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Four years ago, he won a Democratic contest that was close enough to allow for a recount.

Spence is Republican nominee for Missouri governor

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence defeated several other GOP candidates on Tuesday in the Republican primary for Missouri governor. He told supporters at a St. Louis Counjty hotel last night that it's time for a change in Missouri.

"We met with fellow Missourians from all walks of life. Farmers, business owners, teachers, doctors, grandparents and college students. And in every corner of this state, we heard the same thing loud and clear -- they are ready to restore our state's prosperity," said Spence.

Spence will challenge Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who faced only nominal opposition in the Democratic primary.

  • For all of the news on the Missouri primaries and this year's elections, check out our combined election website, BeyondNovember.org - it's a joint project of St. Louis Public Radio, The St. Louis Beacon and Nine Network of Public Media.

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