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Ashley Books / KRCU

  As Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle prepares to move to a federal prosecuting position at the U.S. Attorney’s office, his replacement has yet to be named.

Swingle has been Cape Girardeau County’s prosecuting attorney for 25 years.

No local political parties have yet made any official recommendations for Swingle’s replacement to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Swingle says regardless of whom the Governor appoints to take over the position, the office is in capable hands.

Frank Morris / KCUR

Missouri’s Hispanic population is small but growing. Hispanics only account for 3.5% of the state’s population, but that’s an increase of 79% since 2000.

The Democratic party has successfully courted Hispanics, and that strategy paid off with Presidential wins in western states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

But Missouri’s Hispanic population is still too small to have much of an impact, according to Dr. Marvin Overby, who teaches political science at the University of Missouri.

Missouri Voter Turnout Just Below 66 Percent

Nov 8, 2012
Map Courtesy of Wikimedia / KRCU

Just over 66% of registered Missouri voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. That’s down from Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s projected 72% turnout.

Cape Girardeau County’s turnout was a little more than 67%.

The highest voter turnout in the state was Osage County, with 72%.

The lowest voter turnout was in Sullivan County in north central Missouri. Turnout there was 52%.

Big Night For McCaskill, Nixon & Enyart

Nov 6, 2012
Frank Morris / KCUR

Claire McCaskill is heading back the U.S. Senate. The Democratic incumbent won re-election over Republican challenger Todd Akin in Tuesday night's election that saw Democrats win statewide eletions, but President Barack Obama fall short behind Mitt Romney.

It was a stunning turn of events for McCaskill, who at one time was deemed the most vulnerable Democratic Senator up for re-election.

At the McCaskill watch party in St. Louis, McCaskill called back to those early days of the campaign before Akin made his now-infamous ‘legitimate rape’ comment.

Cape Girardeau Voters Go To The Polls

Nov 6, 2012
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Strong turnout is expected as voters cast their ballots in today’s election.

Cape Girardeau physician Bruce Jones voted at the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Perryville Road. He cast his ballot for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney instead of Barack Obama.

“I looked at the Democratic side. I looked at what Obama has done over the last four years and I really was pretty positive on him for about a year and a half,” Dr. Jones said. “I think the biggest thing that scares me right now is our debt and our overspending.”