Moon heading to State Senate

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Election Official Laura Stringer, left, hands a ballot to voter Merle Rogers, of Cassville, to make his selections in the Missouri Primary Election on Tuesday. Just before noon, about 320 people had cast ballots in the city of Cassville. Kyle Troutman/

State House veteran edges first-time candidate

Voters in the State Senate’s 29th District have elected outgoing State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, to the open Senate seat by a 52-48 margin.

In the vote to replace State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, who has termed out of the office, Moon, who has termed out of his House office, had 17,761 votes (52 percent), and first-time candidate for state office David Cole, R-Cassville, had 16,077 votes (48 percent).

Locally, Cole won Barry County with 3,639 votes (54 percent) to Moon’s 3,142, but Moon made up significant ground in Lawrence County, earning 4,335 votes (63 percent) to Cole’s 2,564.

Moon will move on to November’s General Election ballot unopposed.

“I am pleased,” he said. “I don’t know any other adjective to say — I’m just thrilled. I don’t know if I can pinpoint any one area [that was key] other than we carried Lawrence County pretty strongly, and I think that was significant.”

Moon wanted to thank his supporters and volunteers, especially in the face of what he described as a challenging race.

“I have a tremendous team,” he said. “They worked consistently and regularly. We covered the whole district except for some rural areas, and I think people believed us instead of the lies that were being spread about us.”

When asked if the win felt like a vindication, Moon said it "absolutely" did.

“We did not spend money on fabricating stories,” he said. “We told the truth of what we believed, and it was a message of liberty. That has been my message thorough my time in the house, and I want to carry that message into the Senate. We were fortunate to overcome [Cole’s campaign], and I couldn’t be more pleased with those who voted for us.”

Moon said his priorities for his tenure in the Senate are clear.

“At the top of the list is protecting innocent, developing human life,” he said. “I will also continue to work to eliminate the corporate tax, and work to get rid of burdensome regulations on farmers that are choking them out of business.

“And, this all has to be done while adhering to the Constitution of Missouri and the U.S. I know I turned some people off with a vote on a bill that had some good stuff in it, but I swore an oath to support the Constitution, and I will do that first and foremost.”

Cole said it was a good run he and his staff made at the seat.

“Obviously we are a little disappointed,” he said. “We worked hard, and I want to thank all the people who voted for me and the volunteers who knocked on doors. We just came up a little short.”

Cole said he has not had time yet to dissect the results and see where the key areas were, and he is not sure if he will run again.

“We will continue to be involved and serving our community and the state,” he said.

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