[PHOTOS] Euphoria and Overpriced Champagne at the Chase: MO Dems Watch Party

Categories: Election 2012

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Leah Greenbaum
Michael Jones in a blue shirt, and Daniel in his mother's lap.

Fourth-graders Michael and Daniel Jones woke up at 4:30 yesterday morning to help their mom with a last-minute push for McCaskill. They sat on the floor, sleepily in mom's arms waiting for McCaskill to speak.

"I remember years and years ago my dad took me to see Reagan speak," Dawn Jones, their mother and an administrator at SLU hospital said. "He put me on his shoulders and Reagan actually waved to me."

(She says that as she's gotten older, she's "gotten wiser and gone blue.")

"I wanted my boys to have that experience too," she said.

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Leah Greenbaum
Claire hits the floor.

The twins went to Wash. U after school to pass out water bottles and snacks to students who were waiting in line to vote. Michael doesn't really care for politics; he'd rather be an artist he said drowsily from his mom's lap. But Daniel is ready for the nation's highest office.

"I want to be president! You have to admit the White House is pretty cool," he said with a fourth grader's joie de vivre. "Who wouldn't want to live there?"

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McCaskill stayed in a hotel room upstairs until the results were official -- she trounced Akin, with 54.7 percent of the vote to his 39.2 percent (the Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine got 6.1 percent).

After receiving a "gracious" concession phone call from Akin, the campaign played a tribute video to McCaskill's mother Betty Anne, who passed away last week at the age of 84. McCaskill dedicated the victory to her mother, who was the first woman elected to city council in Columbia.


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