Stenger ousts Dooley in Democratic St. Louis County Executive primary

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - Voters went to the polls Tuesday for Missouri's primary elections.  The most watched race is the Democratic Primary for St. Louis County Executive. Incumbent St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley battled Councilman Steve Stenger for one of the top posts in the area.

Stenger defeated Dooley on Tuesday.  Dooley conceded to Stenger in a speech at his campaign watch party. The race was decided early in the evening with cheers coming from Steve Stenger's watch party at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Clayton.

This Democratic primary race was very heated.  Dooley and Stenger made nasty comments about each other in many television ads.

Dooley was appointed County Executive following the death of Buzz Westfall. He has been serving for the past 11 years. He won a special election in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

On the Republican side, state Rep. Rick Stream of Kirkwood beat Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa.

More: Missouri’s August 5th primary election results from FOX 2 News