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Near Record Turnout in Missouri’s Midterm

About 58 percent of Missouri’s registered voters turned out to cast ballots in Tuesday’s elections.

The preliminary figures reported Wednesday by the secretary of state’s office would mark the highest turnout in a presidential midterm election since a 59 percent rate in 1994.

Rural voters in Missouri were crucial to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s loss to Attorney General Josh Hawley.

McCaskill first won election to the Senate in Missouri in 2006 in part by cutting into Republican margins in rural areas and small towns. This time they voted for Hawley two-to-one.

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