JEFFERSON CITY — Auditor Nicole Galloway will be the only Democratic statewide officeholder in Missouri following her Tuesday, Nov. 6, election win.

Galloway, who took office in 2015, garnered 50 percent of the vote statewide, while Republican Saundra McDowell had 45 percent of voter support.

“Thank you to my family, friends and supporters,” the auditor posted on Twitter after unofficial results were posted on the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. “It was a long, tough campaign. I’m excited to get back to work as your independent watchdog in Jefferson City.”

Galloway was appointed state auditor by then-Gov. Jay Nixon after Auditor Tom Schweich’s death in 2015. She was Boone County treasurer at the time.

The state auditor’s race was of particular interest in Clay County because the county will be undergoing a state audit following a successful initiative petition that collected more than 9,000 signatures of registered county voters.

However, the outcome of the state auditor’s race would not affect whether this audit occurred because it was initiated by a citizens petition and state statute states such audits ”shall” be performed.

Galloway won 54 percent voter support in Clay County compared to McDowell’s 41 percent.

Libertarian Sean O’Toole, Green Party candidate Don Fitz and Constitution Party candidate Jacob Luetkemeyer also were on the ballot.

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