St. Louis, MO (KTRS) The polls are closed and voters across the region have had their say.
With approximately half of the precincts reporting, voters in St. Louis have given Alderman Lyda Krewson a commanding lead of almost 68%, with her opponent, Republican Andrew Jones, far behind with 17%. Libertarian Robb Cuinningham, Green Party candidate Jonathan McFarland, and Independents Larry Rice and Tyrone Austin are trailing in single digits.
Also in the city, Proposition 1, the half cent sales tax for Metrolink expansion, is passing with almost 62% of the vote, and Proposition 2, the measure that calls for public funding to help finance a new MLS stadium, is trailing with just under 49%. It needs a simple majority for passage. Both measures have to pass for the soccer stadium funding to move forward because the sales tax increase from Prop 1 would trigger the use tax increase in Prop 2.
In St. Louis County, Proposition P, the half cent sales tax increase that would fund public safety, is passing with more than 65% of the vote.
In Ferguson, incumbent Mayor James Knowles is holding a slim lead over Councilwoman Ella Jones, 52%-48%.