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Missouri - 3rd District

Incumbent -- Russ Carnahan (D) ; Defeated by Rep. William Lacy Clay, D, in a primary on Aug. 7, 2012

Likely Democratic
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District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Bordered on the east by the Mississippi River, the 3rd includes the southern half of St. Louis, as well as older, established suburbs and newer, sprawling ones. Most of the district's suburban middle-class residents commute to St. Louis County's business district, although there are traces of small-scale farming, manufacturing and river trading.

Whereas St. Louis as a whole (shared with the 1st District) has declined in population, immigrant communities have swelled in south St. Louis' residential areas. Traditionally German, the Bevo and Tower Grove neighborhoods now host a large Vietnamese community, as well as one of the nation's largest Bosnian populations. To the south, Jefferson County has been one of the state's fastest-growing areas in the last decade.

Many suburban residents work outside the district, but Anheuser-Busch, headquartered in the 3rd's portion of St. Louis, is a major provider of jobs to the region. The brewery is a St. Louis icon, and thousands of tourists visit its historical center each year. The 2008 merger of Anheuser-Busch and Belgian InBev resulted in massive and continuous layoffs across the metropolitan area. The district's other large employers include a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility and the St. Louis VA Medical Center-Jefferson Barracks Division, which provides medical assistance for veterans. Farther south, on the fringes of Ste. Genevieve County, small farming complements a sizable trading industry along the Mississippi River.

The district's blue-collar base favors Democrats, although the GOP finds some support in middle-class communities. The 3rd gave Barack Obama 60 percent of its vote in the 2008 presidential election.

Major Industry

Beer manufacturing, defense, health care


St. Louis (pt.), 168,612; Oakville (unincorporated), 36,143


The 1904 Olympics -- the first to award gold, silver and bronze medals for first, second and third places, respectively -- were held at Washington University's Francis Field.




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