Campaign Watch 2004

Campaign Watch: A Final Look Our campaign-watchers take a final look at the candidates, the campaigns and what it all might mean. 10 min Interviews with the candidates (20-30 min)

How close is the race for governor in Missouri?
Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 8:37 AM
The TV and radio ads are bare-knuckle, no-holds-barred and the race for governor is very close. Will the outcome of the presidential race determine the winner between McCaskill and Blunt… or will the Missouri race have more impact on the national race?

This year’s crop of TV political ads
Monday, October 18, 2004, 9:17 AM
For many voters, TV ads provide the only contact with the candidate. Can we rely on those ads? And are they any worse this year than in years past?

Too little, too late for Nancy Farmer?
Monday, October 11, 2004, 10:52 AM
Nancy Farmer is fighting an uphill battle in her campaign for the U.S. Senate. She started running TV ads late because she fell short in her fund-raising. Many voters don’t know who Nancy Farmer is and she must introduce herself in a very short period of time.

How important are political debates?
Monday, October 4, 2004, 8:53 AM
Bush and Kerry have met for the first of three debates and the second one will be held at Washington University in St. Louis. Debates are important because they can energize base supporters and swing some undecided voters in a close race. The second debate is likely to have even great impact in Missouri because of the location.

Is Missouri still a bellwether state politically?
Monday, September 27, 2004, 7:58 AM
Is Missouri still a “battleground” state in the presidential campaign? Can Kerry-Edwards make up a 7 point deficit in the polls? Are Missouri voters starting to lean toward the Republican Party?

Lt. Governor’s race: contrasting political philosophies
Friday, September 17, 2004, 10:55 AM
The Lt. Governor’s race usually takes a back seat to other statewide races… but maybe not this year. Peter Kinder is running against Bekki Cook whose strong primary victory surprised a lot of people.

Two high profile, take-no-prisoners women
Friday, September 10, 2004, 10:53 AM
The race for Secretary of State pits Catherine Hanaway against Robin Carnahan, “two of the most high profile, take-no-prisoners women in state politics.”

The race for State Treasurer; Missouri critical to presidential campaigns
Tuesday, September 7, 2004, 2:49 PM
This week our Campaign Watch-ers look at the race for state treasurer where both candidates emerged from crowded primaries. And just how important is Missouri to the presidential candidates?

Staying power of Jay Nixon
Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 5:49 PM
Missouri Attorney Jay Nixon is running for his fourth term this year and our Campaign Watch-ers examine why he’s been so successful as AG while failing in two runs for the US Senate. The creation of Missouri’s No Call List –the model for the national list– has made Nixon one of the most popular politicians in the state. His political future may depend on the outcome of the November election. Should Claire McCaskill win, Nixon takes a secondary role. If she loses, party leadership shifts to Nixon. His opponent, Chris Byrd, is something of an unknown –and long shot– without hugh war chest or name recognition. Missouri’s GOP focusing on other races.

Underdog vs. Pork Barrel King
Monday, August 23, 2004, 10:09 AM
State Treasurer Nancy Farmer is challenging Senator Christopher Bond’s bid for a fourth term. Farmer is good at being the underdog and Bond isn’t bashful about his rep at the “pork barrel king.” But the race is likely to be overshadowed by the high-profile race for governor.

Down-Ballot Races Compete for Voter Attention
Monday, August 16, 2004, 10:24 AM
In this week’s Campaign Watch, Jo and Steve look at the “down-ballot” races. The race for Lt. Governor pits Peter Kinder against Becky Cook, both from Cape Girardeau. Cook did well in the primary and Kinder’s fate probably rests in the hands of Matt Blunt. In the race for Secretary of State, House Speaker Catherine Hannaway (the first woman in Missouri to hold that position) faces Robin Carnahan, who hopes to keep the family name alive in Missouri politics. Both have a million dollars to spend on the campaign. These two races will have to compete for voters’ attention in a year where the spotlight is on the race for president and governor.

Historic primary election in Missouri
Monday, August 9, 2004, 2:14 PM
Bob Holden is the first sitting governor to be defeated in a primary election in ten years. And the first in Missouri history. The loss sets the stage for a major retooling of the Democratic message while risking disarray as Holden’s ground troops are replaced by McCaskill’s. On the national scene, what does the recent Kerry-Edwards swing through Missouri say about the importance of our state in this election?

How important is this year’s Primary Election?
Friday, July 30, 2004, 7:35 AM
Jo Mannies thinks it’s one of the most important in a long time. All statewide offices are up…two congressional seats…potentially a new US Senator…and a couple of big issues. Steve Kraske believes this primary is more important for the Democrats and than the Republicans, who –traditionally– do a better job of limiting the number of candidates on the primary ballot. Two social issues are generating a lot of emotion that could translate into voter turnout: expansion of casino gambling and a proposed ban on same-sex marriage.

Both Dems and GOP have contested races on August 3
Monday, July 26, 2004, 8:01 AM
On August 3rd, Democrats choose candidate for governor but both Republicans and Democrats have contested races. Our Campaign Watch-ers are keeping an eye on two races in particular. With so many candidaes in the Treasurer’s race, Jo Mannies thinks anybody could win. Steve Kraske thinks a lot of folks will be watching Jason Klumb, who many in western Missouri believe has statewide potential downt he road. August 3rd won’t be the first time Missourian’s have seen a crowded ballot for a primary campaign and we might see more as term-limited politicians look for another bit of the pie.

Holden, McCaskill Race Heats Up
Monday, July 19, 2004, 1:33 PM
Intensity is building in the Democratic gubernatorial race as Governor Holden attempts to fend off a strong challenge from Claire McCaskill, the State Auditor. Two veteran political reporters dissect the messages the two candidates are trying to get across to Democrats.

What impact will same-sex marriage issue have in coming elections?
Monday, July 12, 2004, 7:44 AM
In August, Missourians will vote on whether to add a definition of marriage to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. Jo Mannies talks about the effect his issue might have for the ten Democrats running in the 3rd congressional distict. Will it be a factor in the Holden-McCaskill race? And if the same-sex marriage issue drives up turn-out in August, will we see “voter fatigue” in November.

What role will Missouri play in the presidential election?
Friday, June 25, 2004, 9:27 AM
Traditionally a bell-weather state, Missouri is important to both parties in November. George Bush has been to Missouri 18 times since he became president (five times this year). Has Missouri –as some suggest– already begun to tip toward the Republicans? How important are the “down-ballot” races in determining the future leaders of Missouri? Can Republicans consolidate their recent gains in state government?

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