Missouri’s primary election was held yesterday, allowing voters to choose candidates to represent their parties in the Nov. 8 general election.
Capturing national media attention, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt emerged victorious from a field of 21 Republicans to become the state’s GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate with 46% of the vote. Vote totals reported here are unofficial until certification.
Among those Schmitt defeated in the crowded race were Eric Greitens, former governor, and current U.S Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long.
On the Democratic side, Trudy Busch Valentine, a nurse and the heir to the St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch beer fortune, captured 43% of the vote in a field of 12, including Marine veteran Lucas Kunce.
Winning party nods for the U.S. Representative District 7, race were Democrat Kristen Radaker-Sheafer with 63% of the vote in a field of three and Republican Eric Burlison capturing 38% in a field of eight.
Scott Fitzpatrick, currently the Missouri Treasurer, won the Republican primary nod for State Auditor against challenger David Gregory. Fitzpatrick earned 65% of the GOP vote to advance to face a Democratic and a Libertarian candidate in November.
With 59% of the vote, Curtis Trent defeated Brian Gelner for the Republican nomination in State Senate District 20, which is being vacated by Burlison to try for the U.S. Representative seat. There is no Democratic candidate for the November general election.
In State Senate District 30, incumbent Lincoln Hough beat challenger Angela Romine, formerly of Springfield City Council, with 57% of the vote. Hough will face Democrat Raymond Lampert in November.
State Representative District 132 saw Stephanos Freeman defeat Swayne Loftis. Freeman will compete against incumbent Democrat Crystal Quade in the general election.
In District 137, Darin Chappell earned 51% of the vote against Tom Barr to clinch the GOP candidacy. No Democratic candidates filed.
In each of Districts 133, 134, 135 and 136, a single Democrat and a single Republican are running.
In Greene County, there were no contested races for candidacies for county office, though a general election race will pit Democrat Melissa Miller against Republican Cheryl Dawson-Spaulding for Recorder of Deeds.
Bryan Feemster’s uncontested victory in the Republican primary for Clerk of the Circuit Court means he will replace current Clerk Tom Barr following the general election, as there is no Democratic candidate.
Voters in the city of Republic approved two separate sales tax questions, each for one-quarter of 1% for a period of 25 years. The first was for park operations in the city, and the second was for capital improvement projects in the city parks. The operations tax passed by a 70% margin, and the capital improvement tax passed by 67%.
Ash Grove Fire Protection District voters approved the issuance of general obligation bonds of $1.65 million for fire facilities and/or equipment.
In Clever, 73% of voters approved waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds of $3.5 million.
There were 47,165 votes cast yesterday in the county at polling locations, in-person absentee and mailed absentee, according to Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller. This total doesn't include provisionals or all final military and overseas ballots.
A project that is now hitting its stride on the west side of Bolivar includes a retail strip and storage units.