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Politically Speaking: The Biggest Losers -- And Biggest Winners -- Of Primary

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week, we dive into last night's election results.

The Politically Speaking crew broke down the results from Tuesday's primary elections. Among other things, the trio examined:

  • Councilman Steve Stenger's landslide victory over St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
  • Stenger's November match-up with House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, a Kirkwood Republican who easily won the GOP nomination for county executive.
  • The defeat of the so-called "transportation tax," which would have boosted the state's sales tax rate by 0.75 percent.
  • The narrow passage of the "right to farm" amendment by about 2,000 votes.
  • The failure to get an early voting initiative on to the November ballot.
  • The results of state legislative and local contests -- and what they mean for political heavyweights such as U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter@jrosenbaum

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.
Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.

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