From our Dale Singer with Jay Ashcroft tonight:
As several dozen of the GOP faithful watched national election returns on Fox News at the Drury hotel in Creve Coeur, awaiting results from the 24th District state Senate race, Republican candidate John "Jay" Ashcroft came down to the ballroom shortly before nine, joined by his father, John Ashcroft.
The former Missouri governor and senator and U.S. attorney general was quickly surrounded by well-wishers, talking over old times in Missouri politics.
Among others in the crowd were state party chairman Ed Martin, House Speaker-designate John Diehl and Catherine Hanaway, candidate for governor in 2016.
As of 9:10, the only returns available for the younger Ashcroft's race against Democratic state Rep. Jill Schupp showed Schupp with a 20-vote lead, based on absentee votes in St. Louis County.