According to research done by Jonathan Klingler, a professor at Vanderbilt University, veterans are voting more Republican than ever before. For my third team story, we took this research and applied it to the Missouri State Senate Race for District 19. We looked at the impact veteran Stephen Weber, the Democratic candidate, would have on the voting trends of Mid-Missouri veterans or if they would follow national trends and vote for Republican candidate Caleb Rowden.
Again, we an audio piece, instagram account, infographic, text story , and photo gallery of the veterans we interviewed.
MU Student Veteran John McKenzie sits outside the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. McKenzie is voting for Democrat Stephen Webber because of his community work with the veteran community, not his veteran status, that swayed him.
MU student veteran Adrian McPherson stands in the Memorial Union MU Veterans Center in Columbia, Missouri, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. McPherson was raised a Democrat, but said that he is open-minded and would vote for the right candidate regardless of party affiliation.
MU student veteran David Emily speaks about his involvement in local veteran groups in Columbia, Missouri, on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. Emily has always voted Republican, but Webber won his vote because of his active involvement with the veteran community.