JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Farm Bureau released the results of their traditional election year State Fair straw poll Thursday. The poll asked fair attendees who they would vote for on the Nov. 8 ballot for U.S. Senate, governor, lt. governor, attorney general and whether they supported the continuation of the 1/10th cent state parks and soil and water conservation sales tax.
The Farm Bureau first conducted the straw poll in 1980, which has been 70 percent accurate in predicting November results.
Below is the percentage breakdown of the 5,198 ballots cast in the straw poll:
U. S. Senate
- Jason Kander – 37%
- Roy Blunt – 63%
- Chris Koster – 50.3%
- Eric Greitens – 49.7%
- Russ Carnahan – 35%
- Mike Parson – 65%
- Teresa Hensley – 34%
- Josh Hawley – 66%
Do you support renewal of the 1/10ȼ Parks and Soils Sales Tax
- Yes – 71%
- No – 29%
The poll did not ask who attendees would vote for in the races for secretary of state and treasurer.
Rachael Herndon was the editor at The Missouri Times and also produced This Week in Missouri Politics, published Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosted the #MoLeg podcast. She joined The Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer.
Rachael studied at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.