With Jefferson County election returns not coming in until after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Second District Councilwoman Renee Reuter, a Republican, had to wait until late in the evening to find out she had successfully fought back a challenge from Democrat Cheryl Hermann, a member of the Fox C-6 Board of Education.
The Second District encompasses parts of Arnold, High Ridge and Fenton. The final tally was Reuter's 6,581 votes to Hermann's 5,640.
Jefferson County residents picked and chose between the two major political parties as they cast their ballots Tuesday for a variety of national, state and county races.
Voters gave Mitt Romney the nod with 53,973 to 41,570 for President Obama. Romney's total eclipsed the numbers achieved by both 2008 Presidential candidates John McCain (50,804) and Barack Obama (53,567).
Romney had no coattails in Jefferson County, however, as Jefferson County native Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, was re-elected as Missouri governor with 53,972 Jefferson County votes (55.66 percent). Republican Dave Spence tallied 40,467 votes (41.7 percent) in Jefferson County
Republican Ann Wagner was favored by Jefferson County voters for the Second District Congressional seat, tallying 9,976 votes to 7,363 for Democrat Glenn Koenen. Wagner was the ultimate victor in the Second District race.
In Jefferson County state representative races, voters were of alternating political minds as they chose incumbent Republican John McCaherty in the 97th District state representative race, Democrat Michael Frame in the 111th District, Republican Paul Weiland in the 112th District, Democrat Jeff Roorda in the 113th District and Democrat T.J. McKenna in the 114th District.
Democrats grabbed the majority of the countywide elected positions, including Oliver "Glenn" Boyer as sheriff, Terry Roesch as assessor, Linda Nees as treasurer and Robert G. Wilkins as circuit judge of Circuit 23, Division 1.
Republican Steve Farmer won the Jefferson County Public Administrator's post.