Missouri Midterm declares red wave in Show-Me State
Both Republicans and Democrats are claiming victory following Tuesday's midterm elections.
Anything was possible, so some results came as a surprise while others were strongly predicted.
Experts say this election further solidifies the red wave overtaking Missouri over the last decade or so.
Missouri was known as a bellwether state for 100 years, from 1904 to 2004.
That means Missouri voters chose the same person the entire country chose as the President of the United States.
But now it appears the Show-Me State, as a whole, now leans to the right.
Missouri voters chose red Tuesday, choosing Republican Josh Hawley over Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate race.
Quincy University history professor and political expert Justin Coffey says Missouri's party shift began about a decade ago.
"In 2008 John McCain narrowly won Missouri, it was still a swing state,” Coffey explained. “In 2016 Donald Trump overwhelmingly won Missouri."
Coffey said the change comes from rural voters.
"Claire McCaskill last night, she won St. Louis and she won Jackson County, but she lost everything else,” Coffey said. “If you look at a map of Missouri last night, it was all red last night except St. Louis and Jackson County.”
He believes northeast Missouri voters cast their votes based on social and culture issues.
"I think a lot of it has to do with gun control and the belief that the republican party will defend the second amendment,” Coffey said.
Coffey's culture belief is also back up by the newly approve Missouri Proposition B.
"If you look at Missouri voters, they voted to increase the minimum wage last night and at the same time they elected Josh Hawley. That's typically a democratic issue,” Coffey said.