Knox County Voters Break Hard Right in November General Election, New Western District Commissioner Elected
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Knox County, Missouri – The 2020 General Election attracted a whopping 74.5 percent of Knox County voters who cast ballots. Of Knox County’s 2,514 registered voters, 1,873 of them voted, according to the unofficial results reported by the Knox County Clerk’s Office.
Of the Knox County ballots, 372 absentee ballots were cast, accounting for 20 percent of total ballots cast, which were not cast at the polls on Election Day. Knox County had a higher than usual average of absentee voters in the November General, according to the Knox County Clerk’s Office.
Each precinct differed in the percentages of voter turnout not counting absentee ballots, which are counted as a separate precinct altogether. Minus absentee ballots, none came close to the overall 74.5 percent.
This is above the state average of a roughly 70 percent statewide voter turnout, which was reported by the Associated Press.
Voter Turnout by Precinct
Registered Voters 0 – Total Ballots 378 : N/A
Registered Voters 330 – Total Ballots 211 : 63.94%
Registered Voters 965 – Total Ballots 508 : 52.64%
Registered Voters 334 – Total Ballots 204 : 61.08%
Registered Voters 411 – Total Ballots 282 : 68.61%
Registered Voters 191 – Total Ballots 105 : 54.97%
Registered Voters 283 – Total Ballots 185 : 65.37%
In the Presidential race, Republican Incumbent Donald Trump received 80 percent of the overall Knox County vote. For Governor, Republican Incumbent Mike Parson received 82.7 percent in Knox County.
Countywide, voters broke to the right by a huge margin in every contested race except the local Western District Commissioner race. Republican Challenger Luther Green received 61 percent of the total Western District vote compared to Democratic Incumbent Roger Parton’s 39 percent. Green pulled way ahead in every western precinct except the Absentee Precinct where the two were separated by only two votes, 90 to 88 for Green, and one percentage point, 50.56 percent to 49.44 percent.
Western District Commissioner-Elect Green will officially take office on January 1, 2021.
In statewide races, Knox County voters supported Republicans by a margin of 80 percent or more.
Uncontested Knox County Sheriff Allen Gudehus switched parties from Democrat to Republican in 2020 leaving one Democratic county official on the November ballot, uncontested Knox County Coroner Alan Rimer.
In District 6, Republican Incumbent Sam Graves handily won re-election with 67 percent of the vote. In Knox County, Graves was supported by 84 percent of voters.
Statewide, voters also broke hard to the right re-electing every state level republican incumbent and sending six of eight U.S. Republican Representatives on the November ballot to Washington, D.C. in January.
District 6 Republican Incumbent Sam Graves handily won Knox County with over 84 percent of the vote. Districtwide, Graves attracted 67 percent.
Of Missouri’s 17 State Senator races in odd numbered districts, only six Democrats were elected to serve in Jefferson City.
On Constitutional Amendment 1, Knox County voters broke with the state by a slim margin voting to extend term limits to state offices of the Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor and the Attorney General by a slim margin of only two percent. Statewide the question failed by margin of nearly four percent.
On Constitutional Amendment 3, Knox County voters supported the repeal of “Clean Missouri” by voting for state districts to be drawn by Governor appointed bi-partisan commissions rather than a nonpartisan demographer, which was put into place by voters in 2018. Countywide, 62 percent of voters supported the repeal. Statewide, Amendment 3 passed by a much slimmer margin of only two percent, 51 to 49 percent.
See the full “Knox County Election