Mark Lodes

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Mark Lodes
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Missouri
High schoolChristian Brothers College High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri at St. Louis
Campaign website
Mark Lodes was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Missouri. Lodes was defeated by Todd Akin in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.[1]


Upon graduation from Christian Brothers College High School, Lodes earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.[2]



See also: United States Senate elections in Missouri, 2012

Lodes ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Missouri. Lodes ran against Rep. Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman, Jerry Beck, Mark Memoly, Robert Poole, Hector Maldonado, and John Brunner in the August 7, 2012, Republican primary. Lodes was defeated by Todd Akin in the Republican primary.[3]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[4] The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is 3rd most likely to end up Republican is the Senate seat in Missouri. The article notes incumbent freshman senator Claire McCaskill (D) is vulnerable in the Republican leaning state.[4] While it still remains a toss up as to who McCaskill's competitor will end up being in the general election, challengers U.S. Representative Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner all present a significant challenge to the vulnerable incumbent.

Primary results

The primary took place on August 7, 2012.[5]

US Senate - Missouri Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Akin 36% 217,468
John G. Brunner 30% 180,821
Sarah Steelman 29.2% 176,189
Jerry Beck 1.6% 9,791
Hector Maldonado 1.2% 7,412
Robert (Bob) Poole 1% 6,097
Mark Memoly 0.5% 3,200
Mark Patrick Lodes 0.4% 2,282
Total Votes 603,260

Campaign donors


No campaign donor information available.[6][7]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Lodes listed six issues. They were:[8]

  • Life
  • On his websites, Lodes says, "Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness... certain truths we hold to be self-evident, and without this first and most key inalienable right, the other two can never come to be. Without the protection of these rights, no American Dream can be had for one and all. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Life is the most important matter, and it should be protected in all of its forms, from the most young and innocent, to the oldest and wisest."
  • Jobs
  • On his website, Lodes says, "I will work relentlessly to limit government regulation that interferes in the free market. Over-regulation stifles growth, and kills jobs. As your Senator I will work tirelessly to foster uninhibited growth in all sectors by reducing the tax and regulatory burdens on business, and the proof will be in the pudding, Americans will then be back at work producing the goods and services that make the world go 'round!"
  • Broken Government
  • On his website, Lodes says, "A broker I know asked me to be sure to share this with everyone on the planet, so be wise, and tell your friends to tell their friends, both houses of the United States Congress are broken. If elected I will see to it that the Stock Act is passed. I will table and talk to death every other bill before the Senate until an up or down vote is taken on the Stock Act. It is time to fix our broken government. I will not be a part of our broken government, and I will instead be the part that fixes it."
  • Small Businesses
  • On his website, Lodes says, "The real job creators in our country are the small business owners. As a small business owner myself I know there is no greater impediment to growth and development than an oppressive and invasive government. I will work relentlessly to get government out of the way of small, medium, and large business growth and development, so that Missourians can benefit as small businesses grow, and as more jobs in Missouri result, more small, medium, and large Missouri businesses will produce better products and services for the country."
  • The Economy
  • On his website, Lodes says, "As your Senator I will work to turn the pro-growth policies into pro-growth realities. The market knows best, and every penny we leave in the hands of consumers and producers is a penny invested in a successful economy."
  • Taxes
  • On his website, Lodes says, "During economic disaster, revenues for the Federal Government must be constrained. Additional tax breaks for businesses, small and large, as well as every day citizens will leave more money to those who know best how to handle their personal budgets, grow their businesses, and manage their family's wants and needs."[8]

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