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Republican Wins Election to Represent 15th District By 1% Margin

Chrissy Sommer said hard work, persistence led to win.

Republican Chrissy Sommer had a feeling that Tuesday's special election for the 15th District State Representative seat would be close.

In the end, she beat Democrat Paul Woody by a 1 percent margin -- a mere 38 votes.

Sommer had 1,874, or 49.25 percent, to Woody's 1,836 votes or 48.25 percent. Libertarian Bill Slatnz had 94 votes, 2.47 percent.

When the St. Charles County Election Authority posted the results from all the precincts at one time, Sommer said she was relieved.

"Relieved and excited," she said. "I had a feeling it was going to be close. Other people kept telling me I had it in the bag, but I thought it was going to be close so I kept hammering and hammering."

The 15th district has historically been a swing district with a larger percentage of people voting democratic than elsewhere in St. Charles County.

Woody said that the large number of votes he got shows the rest of St. Charles County that the voters in the 15th district value common sense.

"They want leaders to go down and do their job and stop demonizing the other side," Woody said. "Refusing to talk and negotiate isn't doing their job."

Woody said he would explore the state laws surrounding recounts to see if that would be possible. The close margin is frustrating, he said.

"I'm sure I would have been a great state rep," Woody said.

Gathered with supporters at Grappa Grill after the polls closed, Sommer said she felt the pressure to get out the vote because it was a special election and there was nothing else on the ballot to motivate people.

Voter turnout was 14.02 percent Tuesday with a total of 3,805 people out of 27,133 registered voters casting ballots.

"Every vote counts," she said.

Sommer said she thought the mailings, phone calls and going door to door made the difference.

Steve Pokin November 09, 2011 at 04:38 PM
I wonder what impact Slantz had in a very close two-way race.
1Gmacheetah November 09, 2011 at 05:40 PM
This time "hammering and hammering" with misleading adds and "hard work" on a deceptive campaign strategy came within 38 votes failing. The truth is that more than half of district 15 voters saw through Ms Sommer.
Barbara Buckner November 10, 2011 at 02:05 AM
I totally agree with 1Gmacheetah. She was so negative and I doubted her truthfulness. Now we have another brilliant republican who can vote against our best interests - like their recent Boeing vote. I hope all Boeing/McDonnell Douglas employees voted this election - If not, they really need to get to the polls next time. Heaven only knows what they will vote on (and not in our/Missouri's interest). I can only assume IQ is lacking. Hope Ms Sommers doesn't feel real confident - 1% - really.....
kay lewis November 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM
I also agree with 1Gmacheetah and Barbara. Mrs. Sommers was negative and hammering to get yourself elected doesn't make you the right person for the position.It just shows how little you think of the people who vote. Put the facts out there we can think for ourselves.We don't need to be brow beaten over and over.I believe if Slantz wasn't in the race Woody would have won. Yes I did vote. Always.Never ever miss.When you see how many people didn't get out to vote you have to ask yourself do they not respect all the service people who have given their lives so that we can continue to live in such a wonderful country? Get out and vote no matter what is on the ballot it matters. Just ask a military widow.
Elizabeth November 11, 2011 at 04:27 PM
I have known Chrissy for over 25 years. I know she will not stray from her values and will work to ensure that conservative values, republican values and tea party values are well represented. Chrissy's campaign was positive and truthful. All of her mail pieces, push pieces and phone calls were positive and provided sources to find out more about her. For those that do not understand the campaign process, please be aware that the candidate can only control their own pieces and not those that other sources distribute. Again, I am so excited to have someone that does understand the place government should have in our lives.

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