ST. LOUIS – Thousands of people have already cast their votes early in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

Eric Schmitt leads the polls right now by 12 points. This is the first election cycle with the new No-Excuse Absentee voting law, allowing people to vote in person 10 days ahead of Election Day.

A survey from SurveyUSA poll, released six days before the election, has Republican Eric Schmitt defeating Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine 50% to 41% for the U.S. Senate seat. Six percent of respondents said they were still undecided. A previous SurveyUSA polling also had Schmitt winning the race.

Busch’s family heiress Trudy Busch Valentine is seeking public office for the first time, running to fill Roy Blunt’s seat after he retires. She won the Democratic Primary this past August. Current Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the Republican Primary in August as well.

The GOP has occupied the senate seat for decades. It’s held by a republican since the retirement of Democrat Senator Thomas Eagleton in 1987.

According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, polling places open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 8, and remain open until 7:00 p.m. Anyone arriving after the polling place closed will not be allowed to vote, but those in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.


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