Outstate Missouri is already a Free State majority. But the St Louis, Kansas City, Columbia blocs of socialist Democrats are hard to beat in elections. Certainly outstate Missouri was not responsible for electing Dickie Gephardt to serve for 20 yrs in congress.
And the 1999 CCW proposition passed in 99 of 102 counties, but failed by a few thousand votes in the urban blocs. (I'm happy to say we now have a CCW law in place after the state legislature overrode a governors veto on that issue in 2003). Outstate Missouri also contributed immensely to the recent loss of incumbant Democrat Governor Holden in the primary elections. Rural Missouri certainly has the values being sought in the Free State ideals. But we like where we live and it hasn't all gone to the rats. Although they would like everyone to think there is no hope left.
That's encouraging! I've been following your CCW saga - my dad owns land in MO, so I have a personal stake, of sorts.