The results aren't official, but it looks like Dave Spence, the former owner of St. Louis blow molder Alpha Packaging Inc., will lose the election to become the next governor of Missouri. CNN.com called the race pretty early for incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon. As we approach 11:30 p.m. ET -- which is 10:30 in Missouri -- Nixon has 53 percent of the votes to Spence's 44 percent, with an estimated 68 percent of the precincts reporting. Alpha, which makes bottles for nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care, household chemical, and niche food and beverage markets, is owned by private equity firm Irving Place Capital. So it looks like we won't have a repeat of 2010, when a former plastics company CEO (Ron Johnson) shocked the political world by beating an incumbent Democrat (U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold). I'll keep watching for final results. If you have comments about any of the U.S. races, particularly on their impact on the plastics industry, post a comment.
Spence loses Missouri governor's race
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