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Republican Jason Smith won Tuesday’s special election to Congress in southeastern Missouri.
As Jacob McCleland reports, Smith won with 67 percent of the vote.
It was a strong night for the 32-year old Smith, but it was hardly unexpected.
The Eighth Congressional District is heavily conservative. The only question was whether voters would instead opt for a conservative Democrat, his opponent Steve Hodges.
They clearly choose Smith.
Southeast Missouri State University political scientist Jeremy Walling says it’s too early to tell what Smith’s election says about the Eighth district.
“This is not shocking in the slightest, but it’s a special election. It was a low turnout election. It was an election in June, for crying out loud. The circumstances are unique. I’m not sure we’re able to say what does this election mean because there are so many unique factors here.”
Jason Smith served in the Missouri House for the past seven years. He could be sworn into Congress as soon as today.
In Cape Girardeau, I’m Jacob McCleland.
[Story courtesty of KCRU Radio, producer Jacob McCleland; used with permission]