U.S. Senate election, Missouri, 2010
- 1 Background
- 2 Qualifications
- 3 August 3, 2010 primaries
- 4 Other candidates
- 5 General Election campaign
- 6 Controversies
- 7 External links
- 8 References
March 30, 2010, was the deadline for filing nominating signatures.
Christopher Samuel "Kit" Bond was the senior Republican United States Senator from Missouri. He was first elected to the position in 1986 having defeated Lieutenant Governor of Missouri Harriett Woods in the general election and was subsequently re-elected in 1992, 1998 and 2004. Bond declared on January 8, 2009, that he would not seek a fifth term in office in November 2010.
Standard qualifications necessary in order to be considered for a United States Senate position as of 2010 included being at least 30 years of age, a United States citizen for at least nine years prior to the date of the election, and, in this instance, an inhabitant of Missouri when elected.
The state of Missouri required that any individual who desires to file as a candidate for election to a public office must file a Candidate's Affidavit of Tax Payments with the Missouri Department of Revenue. In signing the Affidavit, the candidate agreed that he/she was not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on his/her place of residence as stated on the declaration of candidacy, and that he/she was not a past or present corporate officer of any motor vehicle and driver license office that owes any taxes to the state. The Affidavit must have been signed before a notary and be notarized. A copy of the Affidavit must have then be attached to the declaration of candidacy filed with the Secretary of State.
In order to have been considered an independent candidate on the November 2010 election ballot, the individual must have collected the signatures of at least 10,000 registered Missouri voters.
August 3, 2010 primaries
- Robin Carnahan, elected Secretary of State of Missouri in both 2004 and 2008, announced her candidacy on February 3, 2009.
- Richard Charles Tolbert
- Francis J. Vangeli
|2010 Race for United States Senate - Democratic Primary|
|Robin Carnahan (D)||83.8%|
|Richard Charles Tolbert (D)||10.6%|
|Francis J. Vangeli (D)||5.5%|
- Roy Blunt, a member of the United States House of Representatives representing the 7th Congressional District and father of Matt Blunt, Governor of Missouri from 2005 to 2009, made his entry into the race official on February 19, 2009.
- Charles Allen "Chuck" Purgason, a member of the Missouri State Senate representing the 33rd District, launched his campaign on July 23, 2009.
- Davis Ronald Conway, president of Affinity Electrical Contracting
- Ronald Beller
- Antonio Eugene "Tony" Laszacs
- Hector Maldonado, an Iraq and Afghanistan combat Veteran
- Kristi Nichols
- Robert L. "Bob" Praprotnik, a St. Louis architecture firm owner
- James H. Schmidt, a 25-year veteran police officer
- Deborah Solomon, a substitute teacher for the Fort Osage School District
- Michael Alan "Mike" Vontz
- Mark Stephen Memoly, President of ATB Truck Sales, LLC (Not listed by recognized election authorities)
- Though tapped by former United States Senator from Missouri, John Danforth, Thomas "Tom" Schweich decides against running for the United States Senate and endorsed Roy Blunt.
|2010 Race for United States Senate - Republican Primary|
|Roy Blunt (R)||70.9%|
|Chuck Purgason (R)||13.1%|
|Kristi Nichols (R)||7.0%|
|Deborah Solomon (R)||2.6%|
|Hector Maldonado (R)||1.5%|
|Davis Conway (R)||1.5%|
|R. L. Praprotnik (R)||1.4%|
|Tony Laszacs (R)||1.1%|
|Mike Vontz (R)||0.9%|
- Jonathan Dine
- Cisse Spragins
|2010 Race for United States Senate - Libertarian Primary|
|Jonathan Dine (L)||58.5%|
|Cisse Spragins (L)||41.5%|
Constitution Party primary
- Jerry Garth Beck
- Joseph "Joe" Martellaro
- Michael Arthur "Mike" Simmons, Jr.
|2010 Race for United States Senate - Constitution Party Primary|
|Jerry Beck (CST)||43.4%|
|Mike Simmons (CST)||29.4%|
|Joe Martellaro (CST)||27.2%|
- Midge Potts, a transgender peace activist and Navy veteran (Progressive Party of Missouri)
- Glenn Miller (White Patriot Party)
General Election campaign
- Coalition of Missouri State Senators
- Family Research Council Action PAC
- Jim Talent, former United States Senator from Missouri
- Missouri Republican Assembly
- Missourians United for Life
- Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate
- National Republican Senatorial Committee
- Peter Kinder, Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
- Red State
- Committee for County Progress (CCP)
- Council for a Livable World
- EMILY's List
- Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Teamsters
- Missouri Laborers' Legislative Committee
- Sierra Club
The favorable/unfavorable ratings of the two major party candidates were very telling in describing the state of the senatorial election contest in the eyes of those surveyed. While Carnahan's favorable/unfavorable ratings were fairly even at 52-42 (with six percent undecided), Blunt enjoyed a bit more ample ratio of 57-33 and ten percent undecided in their opinion of the candidate.
|Rasmussen Poll - September 21, 2009|
|Robin Carnahan (D)||46%|
|Roy Blunt (R)||46%|
|Some other candidate||2%|
Rasmussen 2nd poll
The second telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports suggested that certain political issues, specifically the state of the nation's economy and health care reform, may have caused a real stumbling block for Carnahan, just as they are expected to be for most other Democratic candidates running for public office in the 2010 mid-term elections. Of the 500 Missouri voters who responded to the interview, "just 37% of [them] favored the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, but 62% opposed it." In terms of the economy, only twenty-six percent of interviewees believed it was getting better as a result of the policies enacted by the Democratic leadership in Washington, as opposed to forty-nine percent who argued it was getting worse. Additionally, the approval of Missouri voters on how the president is performing in his duties was also factor as forty-one percent of those interviewed approved of the job Obama was doing as president, while 58% disapproved.
|Rasmussen Poll - January 19, 2010|
|Roy Blunt (R)||49%|
|Robin Carnahan (D)||43%|
|Some other candidate||3%|
Rasmussen 3rd poll
The third telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports produced nearly identical results to the one published a month prior. The key difference was a slight dip, about one percentage point, in the number of respondents who stated they planned on voting for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the United States Senate election in November. Carnahan's campaign could have taken comfort knowing that Blunt's number stayed the same and that only increase that was evident was in the undecided category. What should be a cause for concern is the Democratic candidate's favorability rating. While admittedly Blunt's favorability among Missouri voters decreased slightly since September 2009, down three percent, he maintain an ample ratio of 54-40 with six percent undecided; Carnahan's favorable/unfavorable ratings, however, completely leveled off with Missourians expressing a slightly more unfavorable view of her then five months ago, at a ratio of 44-45 (with six percent undecided).
|Rasmussen Poll - February 10, 2010|
|Roy Blunt (R)||49%|
|Robin Carnahan (D)||42%|
|Some other candidate||3%|
Rasmussen 4th poll
While support among Missouri voters for either Rep. Blunt or Secretary of State Carnahan in the United States Senate race fell slightly, both candidates could have taken a little comfort from the fourth telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports that showed a slight rise in the favorability rating for each of the politicians. Blunt's favorability among Missourians increased two percent to an ample ratio of 56-37 with seven percent undecided; Carnahan's favorable/unfavorable ratings, while up, have remained leveled off with Missourians expressing a slightly more unfavorable view of her at a ratio of 47-48 (with six percent undecided).
|Rasmussen Poll - March 9, 2010|
|Roy Blunt (R)||47%|
|Robin Carnahan (D)||41%|
|Some other candidate||4%|
Public Policy poll
|Public Policy Polling (PPP) Poll - March 27-28, 2010|
|Roy Blunt (R)||45%|
|Robin Carnahan (D)||41%|
Rasmussen 5th poll
|Rasmussen Poll - March 9, 2010|
|Roy Blunt (R)||48%|
|Robin Carnahan (D)||42%|
|Some other candidate||4%|
Politico named Robin Carnahan a 4th Quarter Loser in their analysis of the fundraising data for the 2010 elections. Although admitting her senatorial campaign had raised a respectable $868,000 thus far, this marked the first time since she announced her bid for the United States Senate in February 2009 that she raised less than $1 million in a quarter. Additionally, Carnahan lagged far behind her likely Republican opponent, Roy Blunt, who at that time had raised $1.34 million in political contributions.
Carnahan narrowed the gap in the 1st Quarter of 2010, however, when she raised $1.5 million compared to the $1.3 million for her Republican opponent. As it stood, Roy Blunt "had nearly $600,000 more to spend with the election getting much closer."
In October 2009, the Missouri Republican Party launched a website designed to expose the 'cozy' relationship between the Missouri Secretary of State and the embattled liberal political organization, ACORN.
Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed charges against Carnahan and the state of Missouri in a lawsuit related to the National Voter Registration Act, which charged that ineligible voters within the state were not properly pursued; nearly identical charges were filed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey and New York. According to the Heritage Foundation, the Justice Department "pursued the lawsuit successfully all the way to the Court of Appeals, but a month after Carnahan announced her run for the Senate, the lawsuit was dropped by Obama-Holder."
The Republican Party of Missouri argued that Carnahan ordered the St. Louis Board of Elections to approve more than 5,000 questionable registrations submitted by ACORN in 2006 and that her unwavering support for the embattled liberal organization continued. It was recently discovered that in the report she issued on the 2008 elections, "she failed to mention ACORN’s organized effort to commit voter fraud across the state by submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registrations to county election boards in Missouri." Far more revealing, however, was ACORN's own proclamation that Carnahan had been “helpful” in its lawsuit against the state of Missouri—a lawsuit that ended after the state agreed to pay ACORN $450,000. Carnahan has had numerous contacts with ACORN, including meetings in her own officer, between 2007 and 2009, despite never having been named in the lawsuit against the state.
There was evidence to suggest that the Missouri Secretary of State did nearly everything in her power to omit her involvement in the lawsuit, at least publicly. An email message from Brian Mellor of Project Vote, the voter registration arm of ACORN, was sent to Barbara Wood, senior counsel for Carnahan's office, on October 9, 2008. The content of the message merely provides contact information for attorney Richard Cairns, one of the lawyers representing ACORN in their suit against the state of Missouri. Five days following this email exchange, Cairns filed a brief opposing a request made by the St. Louis Board of Elections to include Robin Carnahan in the suit; the reasoning behind her inclusion in the suit was that "coordination of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was the responsibility of Robin Carnahan, and she was necessary to enforce the rules asked for in the ACORN suit."
America Votes, "established by the 'three families' of George Soros, Peter Lewis and Marion Sandler to coordinate various get-out-the-vote drives during the 2004 election," is a 527 political action committee that wields "a nationwide network of activist groups whose agendas are ideologically Left." Though citing nonpartisan goals such as increasing voter registration and participation in electoral politics in public press releases, behind the scenes these get-out-the-vote efforts specifically targets demographic groups likely to vote Democratic, including working women, young adults, and ethnic minorities. Coalition members include some of the more embattled political organizations in the country, including ACORN, Democracy for America, EMILY's List, League of Conservation Voters, MoveOn.org Political Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, SEIU, and the Sierra Club.
There were at least two known individuals with links to America Votes that have figured prominently in Robin Carnahan's political career, either during her time as Missouri Secretary of State or in the course of her Senatorial campaign. Paula Hodges was the political director of the Missouri branch for America Votes. Prior to this she served as deputy director of policy and administration in the Missouri Secretary of State office under Carnahan. This alteration in employment was significant "because outside groups have funneled an unprecedented amount of money into attack ads on Roy Blunt's Senate campaign," all coordinated under the direction of America Votes.
Carnahan's Chief of Staff, Mindy Mazur, joined up with the left-leaning political action committee as its Missouri State Director. The League of Conservation Voters, under Mazur's supervision, ran attack television advertisements against not only Blue Dog Democrats Mike Ross and John Barrow, but also Carnahan's soon-to-be Senatorial opponent, Roy Blunt. This allowed Carnahan to coordinate hundreds of thousands of dollars to attack Blunt outside his own district without getting directly involved. Mazur was shortly thereafter 'reassigned' as campaign manager for the Robin Carnahan for Senate campaign.
Mazur's name was also present in a document written by the Common Cause Education Foundation called Voting In 2008: 10 Swing States. The purpose of the one hundred and eight page report was to highlight ten states that might vote for Democrats and would need some rule changes in the way they voted so to "increase the chances of Democratic victory." Recommendations included pushing for voter reform measures such as those that allowed those aged 16 and 17 years old to register to vote in addition to the removal of barriers to registration and voting for citizens with felony convictions.
On February 19, 2010, Robin Carnahan traveled to Seattle, Washington, for a fundraiser sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters. The LCV has been quite vocal in their chastisement of Blunt's opposition to the Cap-and-Trade/Tax legislation. Critics of the ecological measure, however, have argued that "members [of Congress] who vote for this climate bill are voting for what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history."
- See also: Service Employees International Union
As of early-February 2010, Carnahan was one of seventeen candidates seeking election or re-election to the United States Senate who had received monetary campaign contributions from SEIU. Carnahan had received $5,000 from the labor union.
With three months remaining until the Missouri primary election, Roy Blunt, the presumed Republican nominee for the United States Senate, was quick to label Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan "a liberal who will be a rubber stamp for Obama." The State GOP underscored that statement by attacking her acceptance of a $1,000 political donation from actress/singer Barbra Streisand, who the party labeled the "quintessential Hollywood liberal." Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, joked that “Hollywood liberal Barbra Streisand finally found someone who shares her radical views — and that someone is Robin Carnahan.”
Tracker shoving allegation
On Saturday, August 7, 2010, Bill Skaggs, Kansas City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, was recorded on video shoving a campaign tracker covering United States Senate candidate Robin Carnahan in a parking lot just prior to entering the Clay County Democratic Headquarters where she speaking. Skaggs, a staunch supporter of Carnahan, appears in a video to shove a cameraman without provocation and then threatens to "knock the [explicative] out of you, boy.”
Shortly after the local media started covering the story, Skaggs, in response, issued an apology, but only for his use of foul language and not for the actual act of shoving the campaign tracker. He said, "I do regret cussing. Vulgarity isn't usually part of my language but seeing this tracker behave in such a manner and acting like a bully just didn't sit right with me." However, judging by the video that despite its limited length, there appears to be no indication that the individual was doing anything that provoked Skaggs to act the way he did. Speaking later to the Kansas City Star, he added further that he'd "do the same to any bureaucrat acting that way."
The Missouri GOP, unsatisfied with Skaggs's lack of apology, called upon Carnahan's campaign to condemn the councilman's actions, having believed there was "absolutely no excuse for threats or intimidation from a campaign or its supporters—especially when the assailant is an elected official." Not wanting to deal with the issue of bad publicity in the midst of the start up to her general election campaign, Carnahan's camp issued a statement contending that "Robin does not condone this type of unacceptable behavior and it is a distraction from the real issues that matter in this campaign.”
- List of candidates qualified for Missouri's August 3 United States Senate primary
- Green Paper's list of candidates for United States Senate, 2010
General Election candidates
- Robin Carnahan for Senate Campaign website
- Roy Blunt for Senate Campaign website
- Jerry Beck for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Jonathan Dine for U.S. Senator Missouri 2010 Campaign website
- Midge Potts for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Richard Tolbert for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Francis Vangeli for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Ronald Beller for Senate Campaign website
- Davis Conway for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Tony Laszacs for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Hector Maldonado for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Kristi Nichols for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Bob Praprotnik for Senate Campaign website
- Chuck Purgason for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Schmidt for United States Senate Campaign website
- Deborah Solomon for United States Senator Campaign website
- Mike Vontz for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Joseph Martellaro for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Mike Simmons for U.S. Senate Campaign website
- United Press International, "Sen. Kit Bond of Mo. announces retirement" 8 Jan. 2009
- AMERICA Blog, "Robin Carnahan is running for Senate in Missouri" 3 Feb. 2009
- State of Missouri - Unofficial Results 2010 Primary Election
- FOX News, "Rep. Roy Blunt to Run for Senate in 2010" 18 Feb. 2009
- Roll Call, "Missouri: Purgason to Launch Uphill Senate Bid Today" 23 July, 2009
- Kansas City Star, "Hector Maldonado files for US Senate, To Begin Tour" 24 Feb. 2010
- Columbia Missourian, "St. Louis business owner Robert Praprotnik declares Senate candidacy" 6 Feb. 2010
- Kansas City Star, "Police Officer Files for U.S. Senate Primary in Missouri" 24 Feb. 2010
- The Examiner, "Deborah Solomon running for U.S. Senate" 18 Dec. 2009
- St. Louis Today, "Danforth among those encouraging a Schweich Senate bid" 11 May, 2009
- KSDK Channel 5 "Schweich won't enter 2010 Missouri Senate race" 11 June, 2009
- KY3 News, "Transgendered Congressional candidate may be state's first" 4 Oct. 2007
- Roy Blunt for Senate 2010 "Coalition of Missouri State Senators Supporting Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate" 15 May, 2009
- Sun Herald, "FRC Action PAC Endorses Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate" 10 April, 2010
- Catherine Favazza, "Former Sen. Jim Talent to Endorse Roy Blunt for Senate" 19 June, 2009
- Missourians United for Life, "Missourians United for Life Endorses Roy Blunt for United States Senate" 30 June, 2009
- GOP 12 "Romney unveils six new endorsements" 26 March, 2010
- KSDK Channel 5 "Roy Blunt gets GOP endorsement in 2010 Senate bid" June 2009
- Red State, "RedState Endorses Roy Blunt for Missouri" 26 Aug. 2009
- Blog CCP "CCP Endorses Robin Carnahan for US Senate" 21 May, 2009
- Council for a Livable World - Endorsed for U.S. Senate by Council for a Livable World Candidate Fund
- Life News, "Missouri Abortion Advocate Robin Carnahan gets Pro-Abortion Senate Support" 5 Feb. 2009
- Kansas City Star, "Carnahan picks up Teamster endorsement, then dodges card-check questions" 17 April, 2009
- St. Louis Beacon, "Carnahan attracts key labor endorsement -- and bus opposition" 17 Feb. 2009
- Missouri Sierra Club, "The Missouri Sierra Club Endorses Robin Carnahan" 1 April, 2010
- Rasmussen Reports, "Missouri State Survey of 500 Likely Voters" 21 Sept. 2009
- Rasmussen Reports, "2010 Missouri Senate: Blunt (R) 49%, Carnahan (D) 43%" 21 Jan. 2010
- Rasmussen Reports, "2010 Missouri Senate" 10 Feb. 2010
- Rasmussen Reports, "2010 Missouri Senate" 9 March, 2010
- Public Policy Polling, "Blunt moves ahead in Missouri" 30 March, 2010
- Rasmussen Reports, "2010 Missouri Senate" 9 March, 2010
- Politico, "4th-quarter totals offer 2010 clues" 2 Feb. 2010
- Bungalow Bill's Conservative Wisdom, "Robin Carnahan's Out of State Trips Helping to Close Money Gap Between her and Blunt" 21 April, 2010
- YouTube video - Questions Raised About Robin Carnahan's implementation of election law in Missouri
- Missouri Republican Party, "Robin Carnahan ally ACORN in serious trouble" 15 Sept. 2009
- Robin Carnahan’s Involvement in ACORN Lawsuit
- 24th State, "Lawyer For Robin Carnahan Contacted ACORN Lawyers Suing Missouri" 10 March, 2010
- The Argument: Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics
- Discover the Network - America Votes
- 24th State, "Former Robin Carnahan Employees Coordinate Attack Ads On Roy Blunt" 26 Jan. 2010
- 24th State, "Mindy Mazur Ran America Votes During Blunt Attack Ad Campaign" 27 Jan. 2010
- 24th State, "Mindy Mazur And Robin Carnahan Have Plans For Finding New Voters" 14 May, 2010
- National Republican Senatorial Committee, "Robin Carnahan Finally Shows Her True Liberal Colors In Seattle" 19 Feb. 2010
- Wall Street Journal, "The Cap and Tax Fiction" 26 June, 2009
- Open Secrets - Service Employees International Union Contributions to Federal Candidates
- The Kansas City Star, "Show-Me showdown: Outlines of Carnahan-Blunt race emerging" 12 May, 2010
- Missouri Republican Party, "‘I Finally Found Someone:’ Robin Carnahan takes campaign cash from Hollywood liberal Barbra Streisand" 11 May, 2010
- YouTube, "Carnahan Campaign Meltdown Caught on Tape" 9 Aug. 2010
- Missouri Republican Party, "Carnahan campaign meltdown caught on tape!" 10 Aug. 2010
- Tony's Kansas City, "Continued: Kansas City Councilman Bill Skaggs vs. Nasty Robin Carnahan Tracker!!!" 10 Aug. 2010
- The Kansas City Star, "Skaggs, GOP tracker in weekend altercation" 10 Aug. 2010
- The Source, "Robin Carnahan Global HQ Dispatches Bill Skaggs for Attack" 10 Aug. 2010
- Red State, "Robin Carnahan campaign apologizes for attack" 10 Aug. 2010