The Democratic Party in Missouri is trying to regroup after losing ground in November’s election.

Some experts think the urban-rural political divide has played a role in the party’s losses.

A Mssourinet report says University of Missouri-Columbia Political Scientist Peverill Squire thinks the lack of economic progress in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City is hampering Democratic gains.

Democratic strategist Jack Cardetti acknowledges the urban-rural divide but says suburban and exurban counties near St. Louis and Kansas City decide statewide elections in Missouri.

Republican Josh Hawley beat incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill by six points for the U.S. Senate seat.