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The Missouri secretary of state election was held on November 6, 2012, following a primary on August 7, 2012. Election day polling hours were from 6 am until 7 pm.

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Jason Kander (D) defeated Shane Schoeller (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Republican Party Shane Schoeller (R)
Democratic Party Jason Kander (D) Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Cisse Spragins (Libertarian)
Constitution Party Justin Harter (Constitution)

After two terms as Missouri Secretary of State, Democrat Robin Carnahan decided to not run for re-election in 2012.[2] The race to replace Carnahan was rated as a toss-up.

In the primary election on August 7th, state representative and Afghanistan vet Jason Kander handily defeated MD Rabbi Alam for the Democratic nomination. Kander's campaign emphasized his record as a war veteran and in the state house as an advocate for campaign finance and ethics reform. He pledged to simplify the process of starting a small business in Missouri, increase veteran participation in state government, and expand voting rights. He took a firm stance against the voter-ID bill sponsored by fellow state lawmaker and Republican nominee Shane Schoeller, believing it disenfranchised military voters overseas.[3]

Schoeller's road to the GOP nomination was not as smooth, having faced two formidable state senators in the primary. The tight race was among the last to be called after the polls closed, with Schoeller eeking out a victory of less than one percentage point over second place finisher Scott Rupp. His campaign focused on reducing business regulations and a plan to establish bipartisan commissions composed of elected officials and citizens to improve clarity in the language of ballot initiatives. He also wanted to use the office to continue efforts he began in the house of promoting the integrity of the election process..[4] Schoeller was an administrative aide for secretary of state Matt Blunt, experience he said would have eased the transition, had he been elected to the position.[5]

During the campaign, Kander and Schoeller disagreed on most issues, from how to approach voter-ID and ballot language to the role of the business services division, but the contest's most heated moments were about money. Kander, a self-styled champion of campaign finance reform, accused Schoeller of unethical fundraising practices such as accepting sizable campaign contributions from a financier and political activist Rex Sinquefield. Schoeller reacted by calling Kander a hypocrite, pointing out that Democratic incumbent attorney general Chris Koster also took money Sinquefield and that campaign finance policy is not the province of the secretary of state. Together, the candidates spent millions on campaign adversiting in the weeks leading up to the general election. Kander, who had trailed Schoeller in fundraising for most of the race, saved a reported $1 million to spend on last minute television spots, while Schoeller leaned on in-kind contributions from the billboard industry to boost his profile.[5]

There were two third party hopefuls in the race as well. Libertarian candidate Cisse Spragins, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010, and latecomer Justin Harter, of the Constitution party, appeared on the November ballots alongside Kander and Schoeller.

In preparation for passing the torch to one of these candidates, Carnahan, who refrained from endorsing anyone in the race, instructed her then unknown successor to improve government efficiency and protect Missourians voting rights. She also imparted a message about people's high expectations for government to deliver to both sides of the aisle, saying, "The secretary of state serves everybody and ought to do it in a non-partisan way."[6]

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General Election Results

Missouri Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Kander 48.9% 1,298,022
     Republican Shane Schoeller 47.4% 1,258,937
     Libertarian Cisse Spragins 2.7% 70,814
     Constitution Justin Harter 1% 27,710
Total Votes 2,655,483
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.

Primary Election Results

Missouri Secretary of State Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Kander 86.9% 247,630
MD Rabbi Alam 13.1% 37,390
Total Votes 285,020
Election Results Via:Missouri Secretary of State.


Missouri Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShane Schoeller 35.3% 193,207
Scott Rupp 34.5% 188,701
Bill Stouffer 30.2% 165,588
Total Votes 547,496
Election Results Via:Missouri Secretary of State.


Key Dates

  • Administrative deadlines are 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

Primary election

With current Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan retiring from office at the end of her term this year, the race to fill her spot was expected to attract a diverse slew of competitors, and it delivered. A total of seven candidates spanning four parties filed for the job of Missouri's chief elections officer. Five of the candidates filed with the secretary of state on opening day, February 28, and two more sneaked up in March to make the cut.

Two Democrats filed for the open seat: State Representative and Afghanistan vet Jason Kander and National Chairman of US National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus MD Rabbi Alam. Kander, who scored an easy victory in the primary election, pledged to simplify the process of starting a small business in Missouri, enhance veteran participation in state government, and raise ethical standards of campaigns and lobbies. Alam sought the position to increase the rights and opportunities for immigrants.

Two State Senators, Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer, and one State House Representative, Shane Schoeller ran energetic campaigns for the Republican primary. Schoeller was declared the winner on the morning after the August 7 primary election, having edged out Rupp and Stouffer by a narrow margin.

Rupp said he wanted to use his background as a small business-owner to reach out to Missouri's small business owners, farmers in particular. He also ran on his consistent conservative record as a state senator, having twice helped pass voter-ID legislation to tackle voter-fraud and spearheading a ballot initiative in opposition to Obamacare.[7]

Stouffer, who announced his bid for the office of Missouri's top elections official over before the filing deadline, expressed his determination to use the position to defend elections against fraud. He sponsored the Voter-ID bill in the State Senate saying “Missouri has a rich history of competitive, close elections and the current measures we take to verify the integrity of these elections are unacceptable.”[8]

General Election Candidates

Democratic Party Jason KanderGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Shane Schoeller
Libertarian Party Cisse Spragins
Constitution Party Justin Harter

Primary Candidates

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary candidates

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary candidates

Libertarian primary candidates

Constitution primary candidates

Polls

General Election

Missouri Secretary of State Race
Poll Shane Schoeller (R) Jason Kander (D)Justin Harter (Const)Cisse Spragins (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Post Dispatch/Mason-Dixon Poll
(October 23-25, 2012)
43%40%1%0%16%+/-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

Shane Schoeller vs. Jason Kander
Poll Shane Schoeller (R) Jason Kander (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Chilenski Strategies Poll
August 8, 2012
45.8%37.2%17%+/-3.8663
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

Debates

Republican Primary Debate

Republican Debate

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

Jason Kander

Jason Kander Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary-FirstApril 16, 2012$442,091.65$265,813.96$(79,042.07)$628,863.54
July QuarterlyJuly 16, 2012$648,567.02$229,598.75$(80,949.79)$797,215.98
8 Day Pre-PrimaryJuly 30, 2012$797,215.98$100,152.00$(37,355.91)$860,012.07
30 day Post-PrimarySeptember 7, 2012$860,012.07$145,667.50$(49,643.35)$956,036.22
General Election First Report[9]October 15, 2012$956,036.22$183,547.11$(64,690.36)$1,074,892.97
Pre-General[10]October 29, 2012$1,074,892.97$292,929.75$(644,932.49)$722,890.23
Running totals
$1,217,709.07$(956,613.97)

Shane Schoeller

Shane Schoeller Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary-FirstApril 16, 2012$127,870.68$109,348.02$(62,257.13)$174,961.57
July QuarterlyJuly 16, 2012$161,893.78$280,496.12$(135,441.08)$301,802.50
8 Day Pre-PrimaryJuly 30, 2012$301,802.50$42,297.76$(215,386.62)$103,149.12 (adjusted)
30 day Post-PrimarySeptember 7, 2012$103,149.12$324,797.12$(132,412.54)$284,749.13
General Election First Report[11]October 15, 2012$284,749.13$159,235.63$(64,660.80)$297,449.31
Pre-General[12]October 29, 2012$297,449.31$263,356.00$(434,706.04)$126,099.27
Running totals
$1,179,530.65$(1,044,864.21)

Former candidates

Md Rabbi Alam

MD Rabbi Alam submitted a Statement of Exemption for the first three reporting periods. To qualify for a waiver a candidate must not have:

  • Received more than five hundred dollars in total contributions
  • Made total expenditures of more than five hundred dollars[13]

Scott Rupp

Scott Rupp Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary-FirstApril 16, 2012$141,448.10$13,660.00$(91,346.68)$62,761.42
July QuarterlyJuly 16, 2012$148,375.78$88,045.70$(60,100.84)$176,320.64
8 Day Pre-PrimaryJuly 30, 2012$176,320.64$43,355.00$(51,217.87)$168,457.77
30 day Post-PrimarySeptember 7, 2012$168,457.77$34,015.00$(200,119.59)$1,977.70
Running totals
$179,075.7$(402,784.98)

Bill Stouffer

Bill Stouffer Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary-FirstApril 16, 2012$244,983.39$38,775.00$(76,678.97)$207,079.42
July QuarterlyJuly 16, 2012$247,157.64$76,126.27$(48,016.96)$237,266.95
8 Day Pre-PrimaryJuly 30, 2012$237,266.95$23,265.00$(73,359.88)$172,172.07
30 day Post-PrimarySeptember 7, 2012$172,172.07$57,701.95$(166,050.82)$40,823.20
Running totals
$195,868.22$(364,106.63)

Campaign sites

Jason Kander

Shane Schoeller

Third Party Candidates

Ads/Videos

Jason Kander

Shane Schoeller

Former candidates

Scott Rupp

Bill Stouffer

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