Primary Election 2016

Mike Pence
Bart Anders / KSMU

Before roughly 500 people Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made the case to southwest Missourians on why they should elect Donald Trump president.

The Republican nominee’s running mate spoke of Trump’s stance on the economy, national security and foreign policy before a boisterous crowd at the Springfield Expo Center.

Pence says on day 1 as president, Trump will “unleash the boundless energy” of the American economy and put people back to work, in part by rolling back red tape.

Chris Koster

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has announced its endorsement of Chris Koster’s campaign for Missouri governor. Koster will face Republican Eric Greitens in the gubernatorial race in November.


The NRA-PVF cited Democratic Attorney General Koster’s “longstanding support of Second Amendment rights and the hunting heritage of Missourians” as the key reasons for the endorsement.


Now that the 2016 primaries are in the books, most people are looking ahead to what could be an expensive and contentious general election cycle.

But before Tuesday becomes part of Missouri political history, perhaps it’s worth answering the 10 questions posed before voters went to the polls. After all, it wouldn’t be very useful to throw out errant questions without answering them.

Here we go:

Gen WIlliams

Republican incumbent 7th District Congressman Billy Long will face Democrat Genevieve “Gen” Williams in the November election.  Williams defeated Camille Lombardi-Olive and Steven Reed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

According to Williams, she’s the sixth generation of her family to live in Newton County, and the district, she said, needs a representative who can connect with rural residents.

Harold Bengsch will run unopposed in the Greene County Commission, District 1, race. There were no other candidates for that position on Tuesday’s primary ballot.  In District 2, Republican Lincoln Hough defeated David “Chester” Myers to run against Libertarian Cecil Ince in November.

Jim Arnott will have no competition in the race for Greene County Sheriff in November.  He ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.