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October 1, 2013
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, launched an exploratory committee for Missouri’s 8th District on Monday, according to the local press, potentially setting up a GOP primary with the newest member of the House.
If Kinder runs, he would face Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican who won an under-the-radar special election for the seat in June. Smith succeeded former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., who announced her resignation from Congress shortly after the November elections to take a job at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Full story
June 4, 2013
State Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith won the the special election in Missouri’s 8th District on Tuesday night, keeping the conservative territory in GOP hands.
Smith defeated state Rep. Steve Hodges, 68 percent to 27 percent, with 66 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
Another Mr. Smith is on track to come to Washington, D.C., following Tuesday’s special election in Missouri’s 8th District.
Missouri Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith, a Republican, is favored to win this heavily GOP district over state Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat.
The race to replace former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., has proved to be a low-profile contest — especially compared to the high-stakes special election earlier this year that brought Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., back to Congress. Emerson resigned to take a job in the private sector in January.
That’s partially because Smith is almost guaranteed a win in this deep-red district, located in the southeastern corner of the state. Mitt Romney carried the district with 66 percent as the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012, and Emerson won by more than 30 points in each of her past few elections.
Special-election polls will close at 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. In the meantime, here are 10 things to know about the man who will likely be the next congressman from Missouri:
May 15, 2013
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Republican state Rep. Jason Smith in Missouri’s 8th District special election.
She vouched for him through her usual channel, Facebook, writing:
“Jason has worked tirelessly to build on the foundation of his humble beginnings and is a responsible and respected leader in the Show Me State. In Washington DC, Jason will maintain that innate sense of his community and will bring his commonsense conservatism to the halls of Congress. Jason recognizes that government is the problem, not the solution. He will protect our 2ndAmendment rights and work to promote a culture of life. We must all work together to send Mr. Smith to Washington on June 4th.”
While a Palin endorsement is sure to garner a candidate widespread attention, this one comes at an inconsequential time in the campaign. As the Republican nominee in a safely Republican district, Smith is already expected to cruise to a general election win on June 4.
His Democratic opponent is state Rep. Steve Hodges. This is an open-seat race to replace former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who resigned earlier this year.
May 9, 2013
Missouri state House Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith released his first advertisement in 8th District special election this week.
The Republican nominee’s biographical spot is intended to introduce him to voters in the final weeks before the June 4 contest.
Smith is excepted to win in the heavily Republican district located in the southeast corner of the state, which is open because Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson resigned earlier this year.
February 9, 2013
Local Republican officials nominated Saturday 32-year-old state Rep. Jason Smith for the open seat in Missouri’s 8th District.
“Jason is a hard worker, good conservative,” Missouri GOP strategist James Harris said. “He fits the district very well. And he’s very knowledgeable about [agricultural] issues.”
Given the very heavy Republican bent of the district, Smith is all but certain to become the newest Show-Me State House member after the June 4 special election. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., resigned from Congress last month, prompting a special election to succeed her.
The 8th District, which stretches over a vast swath of the southeastern part of the state, including the Bootheel, is strongly Republican turf. In 2012, voters there only gave Barack Obama about 32 percent of the vote.
Roll Call rates the race as Safe Republican.
January 2, 2013
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is officially angling to become the GOP nominee for the Show-Me State’s open 8th District seat, a local media outlet reports.
PoliticoMo, a widely read political website in Missouri, reports that Kinder has begun seeking the nomination of the district’s GOP committee, which will choose the party’s nominee.
The seat is poised to become open when Republican Rep. Jo Anne Emerson’s resignation becomes official.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon will call a special election once that happens. The district’s party committees will choose their nominees — there will be no primary special election. Full story