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Election results show Missouri voters leaned right in 2016

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

When the dust settled following the 2016 election, the results show that the state of Missouri preferred conservative candidates. 

In fact, five major state offices were won by Republican candidates. Those offices are the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, and attorney general. It's the first time in Missouri history that Republicans have swept all state-wide offices.

Presidential-elect, Republican Donald Trump, won the state of Missouri with 57 percent of the vote. In Franklin County he won 70 percent of the vote.

Many voters said they supported Donald Trump because they were frustrated with the political establishment. Bob Franey told News 4, "Eight years ago I think when Barack Obama was elected it was all about hope and change and 8 years later there's little hope and not much change."

The grip of the Democratic party loosened in Missouri as the office of attorney general, has been held by a Democrat since the 1990's. Just like the Missouri Governor's seat, a Republican will take over and it's newly elected official will be one who is new to the political scene. 

Josh Hawley, who beat out Teresa Hensley for Missouri's Attorney General, is a law professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an appellate lawyer. Hawley earned 59 percent of the vote on Tuesday. 

While the offices of attorney general and governor saw Democratic defeats, the office of lieutenant governor was retained by the incumbent Republican. State Senator Mike Parson will take over that seat, which was left open by Peter Kinder, who unsuccessfully ran for Missouri's Governor. Parson earned 53 percent of the vote compared to Democrat Russ Carnahan's 42 percent. 

"People are frustrated with government," Parson said. "If you didn't get it, you better wake up." 

With a Republican governor and a Republican controlled legislature, lawmakers are expected to move quickly to pass some of Governor-elect Greitens priorities and one of them has unions worried.

"Most certainly the Right-to-Work law will be passed by the house and senate and signed by the governor," said Al Bond, executive secretary of the Carpenters Regional Council. And he added, "Unfortunately it's going to hurt organized labor in Missouri."

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