Updated 10:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday 6/4
(CNN) – Republican state Rep. Jason Smith won a special election Tuesday in southeast Missouri, beating out Democrat Steve Hodges in a district dominated by Republicans.
(CNN) – Nearly six months after losing a Senate race and becoming a political punch line, former Rep. Todd Akin weighed in again on his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy, saying in a recent interview he has "relived" the episode "too many times."
In an interview with CNN affiliate KSDK in St. Louis, the former Missouri congressman also hit back at Karl Rove, founder of the independent group American Crossroads, for his new group designed to recruit GOP candidates that won't make the same mistake as Akin.
(CNN) - On his way out of the U.S. House, Rep. Todd Akin dramatically upped staff compensation.
In the final three months of last year, Akin's small congressional staff got more than twice what it had received in any of the previous quarters in 2012, according to records posted by legislative salary tracker Legistorm.
(CNN) – A man bolted on stage Tuesday to interrupt Kansas City Mayor Sly James as he delivered his State of the City address.
After the man grabbed the microphone from James and angrily chided the mayor, he was tackled by security officers.
Standing calmly at the podium throughout the scuffle, James returned to his remarks and said, "Well, that was unfortunate."
(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri will leave Congress in February, the Republican congresswoman announced Monday.
Emerson, who was re-elected to a tenth term in November with 72% of the vote, will become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
(CNN) – Democrat Jay Nixon has become the first Missouri governor re-elected to a second term since 1996, CNN projects.
Nixon defeated Republican nominee businessman Dave Spence. A veteran campaigner with at least seven statewide races under his belt, Nixon had a solid lead over Spence for much of the past year.
(CNN) – Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna looks to help Republicans cross an important threshold while expanding their power at the top of state government nationally.
McKenna is locked in a competitive race in a state that hasn't had a Republican governor in nearly 30 years. It's just one example of how the party is leveraging trends and strengthening its hand in a numberFULL STORY
(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday.
"For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."
(CNN) – Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill's re-election campaign released a new ad Monday using video of opponent Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments on rape.
The Republican congressman used the term "legitimate rape" in a Missouri television interview in August to describe what he explained was the process a woman's body goes through to shut down pregnancies in such cases.
(CNN) - A new poll released Saturday indicates the contentious Senate race in Missouri between Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Todd Akin is in a dead heat.
McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, has the backing of 45% of likely voters in the state, compared to Akin's 43%, according to the Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by Missouri news outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.