Sen. Kurt Schaefer

Josh Hawley
Han Zhao / KSMU

By a nearly 30 percent margin, Josh Hawley won the Missouri attorney general nomination of the Republican Party Tuesday night.

“Erin and I are so honored by your confidence that you have placed in us,” said Hawley during his victory speech at Springfield’s Metropolitan Grill. “And we are honored to be able to carry the Republican message into the fall. It’s going to be a clear contrast in the fall.”

When Missourians go to the polls Aug. 5 they will be asked to consider whether or not to amend the state constitution to strengthen the right to own and bear firearms.

Ballot language:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?

What it means:

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer continued his probe into Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration Friday regarding the controversy surrounding the Department of Revenue. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the Senator conducted a public hearing in southwest Missouri.

It was the second time this week Sen. Schaefer spoke before a Springfield audience, the first coming Monday just before Brian Long announced his resignation as DOR director.