Missouri down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Missouri Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
August 5, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Missouri State Executive Elections
Down Ballot
State Auditor

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One down ballot state executive position was up for election in the state of Missouri in 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014, following a primary on August 5.

Incumbent State Auditor Thomas Schweich (R) won re-election to a second term against Libertarian candidate Sean O'Toole and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing.

Missouri is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Auditor

See also: Missouri State Auditor

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Thomas Schweich - Incumbent[4] Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Sean O'Toole[4]
Constitution Party Rodney Farthing[4]

Declined

Democratic Party Jay Swearingen[5][6]

Results

General election

Missouri Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Schweich Incumbent 73.3% 937,961
     Libertarian Sean O'Toole 19.7% 252,351
     Constitution Rodney Farthing 7% 89,080
Total Votes 1,279,392
Election Results via Secretary of State.

Duties

Article IV, Section 13 of the state Constitution outlines the following duties of the auditor:

  • "Establish appropriate systems of accounting for all public officials of the state, post-audit the accounts of all state agencies and audit the treasury at least once annually."
  • "Make all other audits and investigations required by law, and shall make an annual report to the governor and general assembly."
  • "Establish appropriate systems of accounting for the political subdivisions of the state, supervise their budgeting systems, and audit their accounts as provided by law."
  • "No duty shall be imposed on him by law which is not related to the supervising and auditing of the receipt and expenditure of public funds."

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $1,991,952 during the election. This information was last updated on March 27, 2015.[7]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Tom Schweich Republican Party Missouri Auditor Won $1,985,809
Sean O'Toole Libertarian Party Missouri Auditor Defeated $6,143
Rodney Farthing Constitution Party Missouri Auditor Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $1,991,952

Past elections

2010

Missouri State Auditor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Schweich 50.8% 974,517
     Democratic Susan Montee Incumbent 45.5% 871,867
     Libertarian Charles W. Baum 3.7% 70,816
Total Votes 1,917,200
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[8] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[9]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[10]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[11]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 25, 2014 Filing deadline for primary candidates
August 5, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 9, 2014 Final day for Missouri Secretary of State to certify votes
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials elected in November[12]

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