Election briefs 8/9/06

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Sen. Lieberman loses Connecticut primary

Three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman fell to anti-war challenger Ned Lamont in Connecticut's Democratic primary Tuesday, a race seen as a harbinger of sentiment over a conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 2,500 U.S. troops. Lamont, a millionaire with virtually no political experience, ran on his opposition to the Iraq war. He led with 52 percent of the vote, or 144,005, to 48 percent for Lieberman, with 134,026, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

Voters support renewal of parks tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians overwhelminingly renewed a state parks sales tax Tuesday, assuring another decade of funding for the tourist destinations just as the summer vacation season neared its end. The one-tenth of a cent tax also funds soil conservation efforts. The sales tax had garnered 69 percent of the vote, with 61 percent of the statewide precincts reporting results.

-- From wire reports

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