Governor Jay Nixon will go head to head against Republican Dave Spence in this fall's gubernatorial election.  Spence, a St. Louis businessman, handily beat out rivals Bill Randles, John Weiler and Fred Sauer for the GOP nod.  Nixon also garnered an easy win.  Meanwhile, former state auditor Susan Montee will challenge incumbent Pete Kinder for lieutenant governor.

Congressman Todd Akin has won the right to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill come November.  Akin beat out fellow Republicans John Brunner and Sarah Steelman, who was endorsed by GOP favorite Sarah Palin.  McCaskill ran unopposed on the Democratic side.

Russ Carnahan fell to Lacy Clay in the Democratic showdown for the First U.S. House District in St. Louis.  Carnahan and Clay, former allies, found themselves vying for the same district after congressional maps were redrawn, and Carnahan's district was eliminated.  

Missourians have voted in favor of a constitutional amendment concerning public prayer.  It clarifies that anyone may pray in public, as long as they don't disturb the peace.  The amendment also means students can't be forced to take part in assignments or activities that violate their religious beliefs.

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