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Missouri - 2nd District

Incumbent -- Todd Akin (R) ; Running for Senate (announced May 17, 2011)

Safe Republican
Race Ratings Key

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Composed mostly of upper-middle-class white suburbanites, the 2nd is the state's richest district. Its population swelled as a result of decades of residential and commercial migration out of St. Louis.

Economic downturns took a toll on neighborhoods in St. Charles County, one of Missouri's fastest-growing overall since the 2000 census, and subdivisions are dotted with foreclosed homes. Commuter traffic into the St. Louis business district from St. Charles County remains heavy despite a $535 million reconstruction and improvement project to ease the congestion on Interstate 64 in St. Louis County (shared with the 1st) . Also, many local residents have solved their traffic problems by finding jobs away from downtown, and officials hope to mitigate rising unemployment rates by luring white-collar employers to the 2nd, which has the state's highest percentage of residents who have earned at least a bachelor's degree.

Boeing Co., with plants in the 2nd and on the outskirts of St. Louis (in the 1st) is a key employer, as are financial services and biotech companies. Production at a General Motors plant in Wentzville has picked up recently, but a Chrysler plant in Fenton closed after the automaker filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

The district's dwindling but diverse agricultural industry supports the northern fringes of the Mississippi-Missouri river junction. Lincoln County, located in the district's northwest, is still dependent on both manufacturing and agriculture.

The district's strong white-collar vote favors Republicans at nearly all levels. The 2nd gave John McCain 55 percent of its vote in the 2008 presidential election.

Major Industry

Manufacturing, biotechnology, agriculture


O'Fallon (pt.), 71,483; St. Charles, 65,794; St. Peters (pt.), 50,828; Chesterfield, 47,484; Wildwood, 35,517; Ballwin, 30,404; Wentzville (pt.), 28,940


St. Charles was the last established U.S. town that explorers Lewis and Clark visited as they embarked on their journey.




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