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Election Results in Kansas and Missouri

Credit union advocates from Kansas and Missouri joined other voters on November 8 for the general election. A number of credit union-supported candidates won their respective elections.

Federal Elections

On the federal level, 57.23 percent of Kansans and 57.14 percent of Missourians voted for Republican presidential winner Donald Trump, awarding the states’ respective 6 and 10 electoral votes.

U.S. Senate Races:
Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R) won re-election with 62 percent of the vote against Patrick Wiesner. Moran serves on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. 
Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R) won a very tight race against Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander with 49 percent of the vote. Blunt is the lead Republican sponsor of the Data Security Act of 2015, S. 961.
U.S. House Races:
Republicans won all four Kansas U.S. House seats. Dr. Roger Marshall (R-KS District 1) won the open seat, after defeating incumbent Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R) in the primary. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS District 2) won with 61 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS District 3) defeated Democratic challenger Jay Sidie, 51 percent  to 41 percent . U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS District 4) won with 61 percent  of the vote.

All incumbent U.S. House members in Missouri retained their seats with comfortable margins. This includes U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO District 1), U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO District 2), U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO District 3), U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO District 4), U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO District 5), U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO District 6), U.S. Rep. Billy Long (R-MO District 7), and U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO District 8).

Kansas State Elections

Republicans will retain the majority in both Kansas chambers after the general election. Democrats did see big gains on the House side, but little change in the Senate.

In the Kansas House, Democrats picked up 12 additional seats, changing the make-up of the lower chamber from 97 Republicans-28 Democrats to 85 Republicans-40 Democrats. CUPAC of Kansas scored a 90 percent success rate in the House, with 56 of 62 CUPAC-supported candidates winning their races.

In the Kansas Senate, Democrats picked up just one additional seat, setting the split in the higher chamber at 31 Republicans-9 Democrats. CUPAC of Kansas had a 100 percent  win rate in the Senate, supporting 26 winning candidates in the General Election cycle.

Significant turnover in leadership is expected in both chambers with two Senate leadership positions and all three House leadership positions up for grabs due to retirements and primary defeats.

Also on the ballot for retention were five of the seven Kansas Supreme Court justices. Despite a heated effort to unseat the justices, all five were retained with comfortable margins.

View all election results in Kansas.

Missouri State Elections

In Missouri, five statewide offices, all 163 Missouri House seats, odd numbered Missouri Senate districts and Senate District 4 (18 of the 34 Senate seats) were up for election on November 8.

CUPAC of Missouri scored a 100 percent  success rate in the general election, with all 51 supported candidates winning. For the 2016 election cycle (both primary and general election), credit union-supported candidates won 88 out of 96 races – a 92 percent success rate.

Republicans swept the five statewide offices up for election, with Eric Greitens (Governor), Mike Parson (Lt. Governor), Josh Hawley (Attorney General), Jay Ashcroft (Sec. of State) and Eric Schmitt (Treasurer) all winning. Currently, Democrats hold all statewide offices except for Lt. Governor. State Auditor was not up for election in 2016.

Republicans will retain its veto-proof super majority in both the House and Senate, holding 117 of 163 seats in the House and 24 of 34 seats in the Senate. No significant changes are expected in House or Senate leadership for 2017. However, committee makeup and structures are expected to change dramatically in the House.

View all election night results in Missouri.

Update on Two Missouri Initiative Petitions with Impact to Credit Unions

Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2 (campaign finance reform) by a wide margin - 70 percent  to 30 percent. Constitutional Amendment 2, in part, will prohibit credit unions (and other businesses) from contributing to a political action committee (CUPAC) OR to a candidate for Missouri office. The prohibition also applies to insurance companies, banks and electric co-operatives, among others, but unfairly excludes other businesses from a similar prohibition. The measure is intended to reform Missouri's campaign finance laws but certain sections may violate the United States Constitution. It's expected this amendment will face legal challenges.

Missouri voters also approved Constitutional Amendment 4 (prohibition on new sales tax on services) with 57 percent support. This amendment protects consumers and businesses - including credit unions - from the state or local government imposing a tax on services. A service provided by a credit union may include account transactions, teller services, fees associated with loan servicing, etc. While Missouri mostly confines sales taxes to tangible goods, the Missouri General Assembly has proposed a sales tax on services for the past seven years in a row.

For questions regarding election outcomes or advocacy efforts, please contact a member of the HCUA Advocacy team: Amy McLard, 800.392.3074, x1370; David Kent (Missouri), 800.392.3074, x1343; or Stephanie Mullholland (Kansas) 800.392.3074, x1356.