|Secretary of State Matt Blunt announced Sept. 3 that voters at the Missouri State Fair selected the Kansas City Royals over the St. Louis Cardinals for the title of best professional baseball team in Missouri. The balloting was very close, Blunt said, with the Royals garnering 2,071 votes and the Cardinals 1,975, a difference of just 96 votes.|
|"Just like the 1985 World Series, this contest went down to the wire," Blunt said. "Emotions ran high on both sides as family members and friends held spirited conversations at the ballot box over which team truly deserved this honor. As Missouri's chief elections official and as the 'umpire' in this special series, I congratulate both teams for their effort and I thank them for giving our state two teams of the highest quality."|
|The balloting was close throughout the contest with the Cardinals leading at different days. That all changed on Aug. 15, or "Kansas City Day" at the Fair, an event that put the Royals up for good. Several Cardinal fans noted the proximity of Sedalia to Kansas City as they cast their ballots. Both teams are in playoff contention this season and have met twice this year in inter-league play.|
|Branson was the overwhelming choice for best recreation spot in Missouri among fairgoers, receiving more than 600 votes. The Lake of the Ozarks, St. Louis, and the Missouri State Fair were runners up. Blunt said the mock election also gave Missourians the opportunity to learn more about the diverse services the secretary of state's office provides.|
"The State Fair gave my staff and me an opportunity to let the people of Missouri know more about how we strive to serve them," Blunt said. "I am hopeful that the people who participated in our mock election will take advantage of the services we provide and share what they have learned about this office with their friends and families."