Missouri attorney general election, 2012

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The Missouri attorney general election took place on November 6, 2012 following the primaries on August 7, 2012. Election day polling hours were from 6 am until 6 pm.

Democratic Party Chris Koster (D) Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ed Martin (R)
Libertarian Party Dave Browning (L)

Incumbent Chris Koster (D) won a second term as Attorney General on November 6, 2012.[1]

It appeared at first that Koster, who was first elected in 2008, would coast into his second term without more than nominal opposition in the general election. Then, on January 26, St. Louis attorney Ed Martin, who served as chief of staff to Governor Matt Blunt from 2006-2008, announced his intentions to run for attorney general as a Republican candidate.

Martin scored a decisive victory against single opponent Adam Warren in the Republican primary election but lost to Koster in the general election.

In terms of competitiveness, the attorney general race held steady as Leaning Democratic throughout the election season.[2][3] Though the major party candidates maintained a close rivalry up until the end in endorsements and fundraising, Koster's advantage - which could be attributed to the power of incumbency and Martin's reputation as being hot-tempered, among other factors - grew considerably in the polls between August and October.


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General Election Results

Attorney General of Missouri General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Koster Incumbent 55.9% 1,491,139
     Republican Ed Martin 40.6% 1,084,106
     Libertarian Dave Browning 3.5% 92,819
Total Votes 2,668,064
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.

Primary Election Results

Missouri Attorney General Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Martin 71.6% 373,434
Adam Warren 28.4% 148,432
Total Votes 521,866
Election Results Via:Missouri Secretary of State.


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Key dates

  • Administrative deadlines were at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
Feb. 28 - Mar. 27 Primary election candidate filing period
July 11 Voter registration for primary election
Aug. 7 Primary election
July 17 - Aug. 21 General election candidate filing period
Oct. 10 Voter registration for general election
Nov. 6 General election

Race background

Attorney general is the third office Martin set his sights on during the 2012 election season. He was previously running for U.S. Senate, and for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 2nd District, but decided to switch to the attorney general's race in tribute to his "almost obsession with stopping the president's health care reform law."[4]

The arrival of a serious competitor and his accompanying high volume of complaints against the office's leadership, could have derailed Koster's, and the Democratic party's, hopes. Instead, Martin's entrance into the race roused a tremendous wave of fundraising support for Koster. Between the launch of Martin's campaign and the March 28 filing deadline, Koster raised over $678,000 — "nearly five times the amount he raised in the last three months of 2011."[5] Not to be outdone, Martin created a donation-targeted portal page for his campaign website. For a time, in order to gain full access to the site, one had to pass through the page composed of thermometer graphics and invitations to contribute to the campaign, all under a large heading begging, "I need YOUR help to defeat Obama's Lawyer Chris Koster!"[6]

Vying for the Republican nomination alongside Martin in the August 7 primary was Adam Warren, a Livingston County Prosecutor and former Chillicothe city attorney. Likewise, Warren pinned his campaign on challenging Obamacare.[7]

Filing at the very last minute, Libertarian Dave Browning became the final candidate to enter the race for attorney general. Browning ran unsuccessfully for U.S. House of Representatives, District 6, back in 2008.[8] In an interview posted on his campaign website, Browning assailed his opponents Koster and Martin for trying to use government to, respectively, "compel" and "impose" morality on the people, stating that the most important issue in the attorney general race was "The proper use of power to renew our constitutional Republic."[9]

Deadline Event
Feb. 28 - Mar. 27 Primary election candidate filing period
July 11 Voter registration for primary election
Aug. 7 Primary election
July 17 - Aug. 21 General election candidate filing period
Oct. 10 Voter registration for general election
Nov. 6 General election

General Election Candidates

Democratic Party Chris Koster Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ed Martin
Libertarian Party Dave Browning

Primary Candidates

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Libertarian primary candidates

General election

All general election candidates

Missouri Attorney General Race
Poll Chris Koster (D) Ed Martin (R)Dave Browning (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Post-Dispatch/Mason-Dixon Poll
(October 23-25, 2012)
51%37%3%9%+/-4.0625
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Polls - Koster vs. Martin only

Chris Koster v. Ed Martin
Poll Chris Koster (D) Ed Martin (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Chilenski Strategies Poll
(August 8, 2012)
46.2%44.7%9.1%+/-3.8663
Public Policy Polling
(August 23, 2012)
41%39%20%+/-4.4500
Public Policy Polling
(October 1-3, 2012)
52%34%15%+/-3.7700
Public Policy Polling
(October 19-21, 2012)
48%38%13%+/-4.1582
AVERAGES 46.8% 38.93% 14.28% +/-4 611.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Pre-Primary

Who would get your vote for Missouri Attorney General?
Poll Chris Koster Ed MartinSample Size
Attorney General Preference
February 29, 2012
41%59%1,424
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**This pulse poll was conducted by The St. Louis Business Journal to gauge readers' opinions, and was not a scientific sampling**

Contents
1 Due dates for reports
2 Candidates

Due dates for reports

The Missouri Ethics Commission administers campaign finance law and maintains all records online.

For the primary election:

  • First report -- due by April 16, 2012
  • Pre-Primary report -- due by July 16, 2012
  • 8 day before primary -- due July 30, 2012
  • Post-Primary report -- due by September 6, 2012

For the general election:

  • First report -- due by October 15, 2012
  • Pre-general report -- due by October 29, 2012
  • Post-general report -- due by December 6, 2012

Candidates

Chris Koster

Chris Koster[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary-FirstApril 16, 2012$1,286,789.70$895,844.79$(138,607.48)$2,031,292.32
July QuarterlyJuly 16, 2012$2,009,737.71$555,980.61$(205,917.92)$2,359,800.40
8 day Pre-primaryJuly 30, 2012$2,359,800.40$127,822.00$(27,185.26)$2,460,437.04
Post-PrimarySeptember 7, 2012$2,460,437.04$115,778.88$(121,226.76)$2,454,689.16
General Election First Report[11]October 15, 2012$2,454,689.16$1,100,705.40$(1,030,483.80)$253,910.76
Pre-General[12]October 29, 2012$2,523,910.76$343,060.00$(1,550,684.90)$1,316,285.86
Running totals
$3,139,191.68$(3,074,106.12)

Ed Martin

Ed Martin[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary-FirstApril 16, 2012$0.00$320,315.22$(20,044.03)$300,271.19
July QuarterlyJuly 16, 2012$300,271.19$400,525.48$(121,526.11)$564,384.91
8 day Pre-primaryJuly 30, 2012$564,384.91$17,866.92$(338,409.57)$235,462.34
Post-PrimarySeptember 7, 2012$235,462.34$41,884.24$(71,161.54)$193,597.47
General Election First Report[14]October 15, 2012$193,597.47$382,717.11$(52,264.29)$524,050.29
Pre-General[15]October 29, 2012$524,050.29$315,380.83$(816,711.74)$22,719.38
Running totals
$1,478,689.8$(1,420,117.28)

Dave Browning

Browning submitted a statement of exemption to the Missouri Ethics Commission certifying that neither his aggregate campaign receipts nor expenditures exceeded $500.00 in value for this election cycle.[16][17]

Former candidates

Adam Warren

Adam Warren Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary-FirstApril 16, 2012$0.00$16,937.52$(8,489.38)$10,026.36
July QuarterlyJuly 16, 2012$10,026.36$8,415.44$(12,579.20)$5,862.60
8 day Pre-primaryJuly 30, 2012$5,862.60$1,650.00$(5,189.04)$2,323.56
Post-Primary and TerminationSeptember 7, 2012$2,323.56$305.13$(2,378.69)$0.00
Running totals
$27,308.09$(28,636.31)
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References

  1. Missouri Secretary of State, "November 6, 2012 General Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. Governing Politics, "http://www.governing.com/blogs/politics/gov-attorney-general-races-update.html," October 12, 2012
  3. Governing Politics, "Attorney General Races: Dems Still Playing Defense," March 28, 2012
  4. St. Louis Today, "Ed Martin switches races again, will now pursue AG," January 27, 2012
  5. STL today, "Rival gains: Opposition has done wonders for AG Chris Koster's fundraising," March 28, 2012
  6. Ed Martin for Attorney General, "Portal," accessed June 27, 2012
  7. News Press Now, "Rural prosecutor enters AG race," accessed February 23, 2012
  8. Project Vote Smart, "Dave Browning-Biography, " accessed March 28, 2012
  9. Libertarian Patriot, "Dave Browning for Attorney General 2012," accessed July 17, 2012
  10. Missouri Ethics Commission, "Chris Koster Campaign Finance Reports," July 30, 2012
  11. Missouri Ethics Commission, "Chris Koster Campaign Finance Reports," October 15, 2012
  12. Missouri Ethics Commission, "Chris Koster Campaign Finance Reports," accessed October 29, 2012
  13. Missouri Ethics Commission, " Ed Martin Campaign Finance Reports," July 30, 2012
  14. Missouri Ethics Commission, "Ed Martin Campaign Finance Reports," October 15, 2012
  15. Missouri Ethics Commission, "Ed Martin Campaign Finance Reports," accessed October 29, 2012
  16. Missouri Ethics Commission, "Dave Browning-Campaign finance reports," July 26, 2012
  17. Missouri Ethics Commission, "Dave Browning 8-Day Pre-General Election Exemption Statement," accessed October 29, 2012
  18. Missouri Ethics Commission, " Adam Warren Campaign Finance Reports," July 30, 2012