ST. LOUIS — Sarah Cliffers walked into the polling station at Busch AAA Middle School on Tuesday morning with one goal in mind: to help preserve the Republican dominance in Missouri by voting to reelect Sen. Jim Talent.
"The Show Me State will never go blue," said 42-year-old Cliffers. "We'll never support abortion. We'll never support stem cell research."
Standing ahead of Cliffers in the long line, Brandon Hiller was equally determined: He wanted to get Democrat Claire McCaskill, into the Senate.
"We need a change," said Hiller, 38. "I'm tired of Republicans and Republican values."
With polls leading up to election day showing the race too close to call, Talent, 50, focused mostly on rural parts of southern Missouri. McCaskill, 53, spent her last campaign day traveling across Missouri, stopping at polling stations and grocery stores to thank volunteers and make last-minute pitches.