ST. LOUIS • All the ballots cast in Missouri's U.S. Senate race today are secret. Except two.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rep. Todd Akin, her Republican challenger, each cast their votes before throngs of clicking, humming cameras at ballot places in Wildwood and Kirkwood this morning, as their fellow citizens in line looked on.
There is little question who they each voted for in one of the nation's most closely watched Senate battles. But the outcome of the contest is less certain, with late polls showing a close race.
"We're going to just kind of see what's going to happen," said Akin, who voted at the Starbridge Christian Center in Wildwood.
He arrived shortly after 6:30 a.m. with family members and took his place at the end of the line snaking through the halls, then chatted with other voters as he waited. "I have a good feeling about it," he said, "but the numbers are going to be close."
About an hour later, McCaskill arrived at the Kirkwood Community Center, also surrounded by family members, to wait in line and cast her vote.
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"This is always a great day, I think--election day," she said. "The jury is deliberating, you've done all you can do. This is when you try and take a deep breath and get rid of the nervous energy you're going to have until the results start pouring in tonight."
The polls close at 7 p.m.