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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.
District Profile from Politics in America
Set in Missouri's northwest sector, the 6th is bordered by Iowa to the north and the Missouri River to the west and much of the south. Rich farmland continues to fuel the district's economy, while suburban areas surrounding Kansas City and St. Joseph -- both located on the Missouri River -- provide a solid middle-class workforce for the area's shipping and manufacturing industries.
Platte, Clay and eastern Jackson counties surround Kansas City (shared with the 5th). Platte County's Kansas City International Airport, a major hub for Southwest Airlines, provides many district jobs. After a series of layoffs at a Ford assembly plant in Claycomo, production levels have risen and the company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to retool the facility. But further cuts at the local Harley-Davidson plant have hurt the manufacturing workforce. The state's largest city north of Kansas City -- about an hour's drive -- is St. Joseph, which was a Pony Express terminus for riders carrying mail to and from California in the early 1860s. It remains a distribution center and a district economic hub.
Outside of the two metropolitan areas, farmland spreads for miles. Corn and livestock are prevalent here, and processing plants have created a growing market for soybeans, as well, even as small, family farms are giving way to commercial outfits. Craig, in Holt County, is home to the Golden Triangle ethanol plant, and wind energy production is increasing as turbines pop up across the landscape. But several counties across the northern tier are losing population as younger residents move to urban centers or out of state.
The 6th has moved firmly into the GOP column over the last decade. John McCain won all but two of the 26 counties wholly or partly in the district -- and lost in Buchanan County by fewer than 100 votes -- in the 2008 presidential election. State-level Republican candidates also do well here, especially in the northern, rural areas.
Agriculture, international shipping, manufacturing
Kansas City (pt.), 157,091; St. Joseph, 76,780; Blue Springs (pt.), 43,598
The Jesse James Home in St. Joseph was where the outlaw was shot and killed in 1882.
|2010||general||Sam Graves (R)||154,103||69.4%|
|Clint Hylton (D)||67,762||30.5%|
|Kyle Yarber (WRI)||47||0%|
|2008||general||Sam Graves (R)||196,526||59.4%|
|Kay Barnes (D)||121,894||36.9%|
|Dave Browning (LIBERT)||12,279||3.7%|
|2006||general||Sam Graves (R)||150,882||61.6%|
|Mary Jo Shettles (D)||87,477||35.7%|
|Erik Buck (LIBERT)||4,757||1.9%|
|Shirley Yurkonis (PRO)||1,679||0.7%|
|2004||general||Sam Graves (R)||196,516||63.8%|
|Charles Broomfield (D)||106,987||34.8%|
|Erik Buck (LIBERT)||4,352||1.4%|
|2002||general||Sam Graves (R)||131,151||63%|
|Cathy Rinehart (D)||73,202||35.2%|
|Erik Buck (LIBERT)||3,735||1.8%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 45%||John McCain: 54%|
|2004||John Kerry: 42%||George W. Bush: 57%|
|2000||Al Gore: 43%||George W. Bush: 52%|