NOVEMBER 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - About 53 percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday's elections in Missouri. Election officials had predicted a turnout of about 49 percent.
The top vote draw among statewide issues was the U-S Senate race in which Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican incumbent Jim Talent. It had almost 2.1 million votes.
Also topping the two million vote mark were the state auditor's race and ballot measures on stem cell research, the tobacco tax and the minimum wage.
The highest voter turnout was 65 percent in mid-Missouri's Osage County, which had several hotly contested local races.
The lowest turnout was in southeast Missouri in Pemiscot County. But the 35 percent turnout there still was about three times what was expected.